Candice Glover Is Everything

1. I love garbage television. If you haven't heard me confess this before on any one of a million occasions, Spudsy—who exclaims at me at least once a month "I can't believe the shit you watch!" (which makes me laugh and laugh)—or Deeks—to whom I recommended Ghost Mine last night—or anyone else who knows me will be happy to confirm the facts. I am an incorrigible aficionado of garbage television.

2. Arguably, the garbagiest of all garbage television is American Idol, for so many reasons. Each season, it gets even more unfathomably gargbagey than the season before. This season, the usual mess of kyriarchal codswallop is being complemented by a heaping dose of body policing from new judge Nicki Minaj, who is so great when she's not congratulating someone on their weight loss or telling a female contestant to show her legs more.

3. But I can't stop watching this season, because CANDICE GLOVER IS EVERYTHING.

Video Description: Idol contestant Candice Glover, a young African American woman, performs "I Who Have Nothing," made famous by Ben E. King, Shirley Bassey, and Tom Jones.

Ben E. King's version of this song (which I love, despite it's Nice Guy/Girl-ish lyrics) is one of my favorite tracks of all time. True Fact: I was just listening to King's version on a loop Monday afternoon, coincidentally. And Candice is my favorite contestant this season because OMG HER VOICE, so I was basically in heaven last night. Is what I'm saying.

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