U.S. soul singer Candice Glover wins "American Idol"

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Finalist Candice Glover and singer Jennifer Hudson perform "Inseparable" during the Season 12 finale of "American Idol" in Los AngelesBy Patricia Reaney (Reuters) – Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named "American Idol" on Thursday, becoming the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007. Glover, 23, defeated country singer Kree Harrison in the popular vote with her powerful voice in what judges deemed a close contest to take the title on season 12 of the Fox network show. "You are officially our American idol," host Ryan Seacrest said as the crowd of more than 7,000 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles cheered. …