Mariah Carey Tears Up After American Idol Hopeful Performs ‘When You Believe’

Published: Thursday 18th Apr 2013 by Sam

Despite the drama used to launch it, this season American Idol has rightfully seen talent at the forefront.

One of the most noted among this year’s hopefuls is Candice Glover, who tackled judge Mariah Carey‘s now-classic duet with Whitney Houston ‘When You Believe’ on last night’s episode.

And while Mimi songs are notoriously difficult to sing (sometimes even for Mariah herself), not only did Glover hold her own, she earned a standing ovation from the entire panel and left legend Mariah in tears.

The “moment” also saw the iciness between Nicki Minaj and Mimi melt (if only for a minute), with the Young Money star gushing about what the song and divas like Mariah and Whitney mean to her.

Peep the video after the jump…

Anyone who visits TGJ on the regular knows how much we love our divas (and how much we “expect” from those laying claim to the name), as such it’s fair to say that Glover’s rendition wasn’t a patch on the original.

That said, it was indeed a stellar performance; one which Glover made her own, while still displaying some of the horsepower that made the original such so epic.

As such, like the judges, we are giving her one of these…

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  1. HOTSTUFF April 18, 2013

    THIS IS A REAL ICON, LUV U MIMI <3 #CatchTheShade

    • Oop! April 18, 2013

      I caught that shade… but your fave still ain’t make that list did she..stay pressed and shade all day boo the list won’t change. Trollololololooo!

      • . : : h 2 o : : . April 18, 2013


      • Pon_de April 18, 2013

        Girl re-seat yourself. Those “iconic” magazine covers won’t be bringing in royalty checks like a legendary catalog does! #letthepeasantshavecake

  2. HOTSTUFF April 18, 2013

    The contestant sang well but the thing is she lacks a unique sweet tone….her voice is forgettable…she would be a great back up singer.

    • Navy Sailor!!! April 18, 2013

      You’re right. She’d probably do well in the adult contemporary world….

    • MelyB April 18, 2013

      Clearly based on your AVI, you have no ear for music. Candice is a skilled vocalist who can do whatever she wants with her voice. She has given us pop, r&b, rock and all on key, with melody, power & grace notes. To those who like real music she is the real deal and unforgettable.

  3. ROYALNAVI April 18, 2013


    • Adrian April 18, 2013

      The world is going mad. Now we have the forever off key and auto-tuned Rihanna’s fans trying to critique vocals. Don’t make me post her notorious “heroic” performance from back in the day 🙂

      • Rihanna killed beyho’s career April 18, 2013

        Bytch Rihanna is a global super star and is currently smashing the charts. we’re not worried if you think she is off key or not.

  4. HOTSTUFF April 18, 2013

    OMG I LOVE MARIAH, SHES JUST EPIC….*Plays Butterfly*

  5. soulmusiclover April 18, 2013

    wow!!! jus wow! she was great! i even teared up a little bit! nicki minaj was preaching though! gotta give her props for that! MARIAH CAREY AND WHITNEY>EVERYBODY!

    • Royalkev April 18, 2013

      ^ Legends!

  6. HOTSTUFF April 18, 2013



    • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

      & that smile of hers is everything…her music has stood the test of time & i’m just happy to see her so humble despite the impact she’s made in music

    • MuiMui April 18, 2013

      Love her shes one in a million.

  7. POP ROYALTY ( RUDE BOY) April 18, 2013

    I f*****’ Love this Song ! you can’t get a better collab than whitRiah.

  8. rking/queen April 18, 2013

    MIMI your amazingggg

  9. @definite2 on IG April 18, 2013

    Loved how she paid homage to two greats. RIP Whit.. All hail Queen Mariah!

  10. jason April 18, 2013

    It was nice to see Mariah and Nicki at least correspond last night and look at each other to say the least.

    And when Nicki made her comments Mariah even looked to her and say that was sweet. Even Amber’s Without You performance was panned by Nicki because she just thought it couldn’t touch the Mariah version – especially the lower register section.

    I just think the whole “confrontation” got out of hand and I don’t really think they dislike each other but had to hold their ground for the public. I think they were both wrong and I feel an apology coming!

    • opd2 April 18, 2013


    • Royalkev April 18, 2013

      Well said.

  11. DOSSOME April 18, 2013

    I love how Mimi & Nicki disagreed on an initial performance and Iovine acknowledging it was great seeing those two communicating…they just look awkward ignoring each other on the panel..

    about the performance,i thought Candice did an amazing job and deserves to win the competition…


    • jason April 18, 2013

      I actually think the “conversation” was had with them by the powers that be. To just sit there and ignore each other was killing the energy on the panel. I thought the auditions prior to the day of the incident was hella funny with their interaction. I just think one day someone took something too personal or people started getting into Nicki’s head I think – even before she got there!

      So as Jimmy said it was really nice to see them interact…5 seconds of bikering made the whole thing so much better and then Nicki showing so much respect after the Without You performance and again after the When you Believe performance.


      • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

        Last night was epic…hope it only gets better from there

  12. Navy Sailor!!! April 18, 2013

    Candice is an awesome singer. I saw her performances on YouTube. I don’t see her making it big if she wins though 🙁 actually, I don’t see any of the contestants making it big….

    • jason April 18, 2013

      I think Kree is probably the only one with any possible success story!

      Country music will accept her with open arms the way they did Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler and even Scottie won best new artist this year at the CMA’s.

      I really don’t know where Candice fits in honestly. The music industry isn’t what it was. she has alot to do imagewise as well. Get that weight down etc.

  13. King B>Rihanna April 18, 2013

    candice deserves to win.

    god bless whitney houston departed soul.

  14. opd2 April 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed last night show.

  15. cocobutta April 18, 2013

    Loved Candice from last season with Jessica Sanchez but this season she is bringing more life.

    Angie Miller the threat this year

  16. Royalkev April 18, 2013

    I love Candice, she’s one of the best singers to ever compete on the show, but this rendition of WYB wasn’t so spectacular to me. I actually preferred the other tune she sung last night over this one. It doesn’t matter because she’s always very consistent. Anyone could get a pass if they fail to capture the epicness of Whitney & Mariah’s duet! Also Kudos to Nicki for showing Mimi love! I think that was very mature of her!

  17. mr.m April 18, 2013

    Poor Man-iah 🙁
    She’s crying that she can’t sing like dat no more ..
    Shemaleriah, it’s okay ..

    • Teflon Boy April 18, 2013

      It’s pretty hate-filled to celebrate the loss of a voice that at its best sat as one of the greatest in contemporary music history. Usain Bolt has a car-crash and loses the use of his legs forever #Let’sCelebrate *insert sarcasm* …the struggle for relevance by HATING on people who continue to give more to the world than YOU is truly real in these streets.

    • Common Sense April 18, 2013

      Oh please b****. Mariah can still sing songs like When You Believe. She might need 2 weeks of vocal rest beforehand, but she still can if she wants to. Unlike Xtincta Flopguilera, Mariah still has a voice.

    • voice of reason April 18, 2013

      . Mariah teared up because of the memory of her friend Whitney Houston. There is a time and a place and this was not that time nor the moment for your very rude comment. It is a shame that TGJ allows and creates moments like this. The one thing I do not like about this site. All this hate is getting old and other sites actually report on more artist and not the same artist every other post.
      I pray that when you all grow up, you can look back and see that this hate is never been cool.
      the more I think of it, this site produces fake fans, for real fans of artist do not attack, they enjoy music.

  18. Nichole April 18, 2013

    Candice is amazingly good, but I doubt she’s gonna win.

    Amber has been in the bottom repeatedly, and will probably go home tonight.

  19. NΛVI April 18, 2013

    Mariah Carey is such a legend! Great tribute!

  20. Rosa April 18, 2013

    If Amber is voted off the Judges WILL save her, with their one save.

  21. the real xoxo April 18, 2013

    i love Mariah.
    however, i guarantee none of the contestans, as with every tv talent show, will go on to have a long career



  23. MIMI STAN April 18, 2013

    Ugh Mimi looks so fat and old here. retire b****. I love u :))

    • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

      DUMB LAMB…that’s if your username is to be believed

  24. LaurieBlue. April 18, 2013


  25. mimi is too old. leave and let younger artists like ciara, rihanna, beyonce to shine. your time is over. April 18, 2013

    Mariah u did ur thing n i respect u but dont sing anymore cos ur vocals aint powerful anymore and we aint feeling u anymore. Just stick to being a judge or try acting. Ull be great. Ure a legend btw, including whitney, beyonce, r Kelly, mj…but please, dont sing anymore!!!!!!!!!!!

    • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

      Ageism is just horrible…What else should she stop doing since she’s too old now?Music is her life and she’s living it..

    • Common Sense April 18, 2013

      Ciara had her time to shine and no one was interested. Nice try b****. And Mariah still easily outsings everyone you mentioned LOL!

  26. JOHNVIDAL April 18, 2013

    One of the few times I agree with Sam: this particular performance wasn´t that good. This girl Candice has been killing it in the last weeks, many amazing renditions. But maybe this was just another proof of how above any other girl who tries Whitney´s and Mariah´s voices are. They have got everything, like no other who came after them
    Finally Nicki Minaj puts her character aside and shows how she loves Mariah (we knew it but never on American Idol)

    BTW, one more night that Mariah gets praised to the heavens. Real legend. And finally Sam made a post about it, he didn´t want to recognize it last week when Kelly Clarkson performed

  27. Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

    I love Nicki comments, she was sincere, you know, she even looks pretty here, despite all the things people has say to her on the whole Mariah feud, she remains in her firm position, (I’m not gonna apologize, just because i got offended by a Legend and i was supposed to remain in silent.). She praises her now in a very classy way, sometimes Divas can be rude, all of them, specially with the younger stars, i understand if Mariah has some rivalry with people such as Whitney, Celine and the likes but i never digested the rivalry between Mariah/J.LO/Nicki…i mean they are very different and Mariah status can’t be compare to them so i don’t understand why she insist in shades people who are lower than her and are completely different than her, or even the whole Madonna/Mariah feud, they are so different, i get the Madonna/Gaga feud because they are very similar artists but imagine if Madonna has a feud with Lil Kim it doesn’t make sence or even with Beyonce, it makes no sence….Madonna might had shades her but Mariah hasn’t stopped from shades her whenever she has the opportunity and Madonna was already a Legend when Mariah a new star diss her so as much as i dislike Nicki, some Mariah fans needs to relax, our old Divas are bitchy and arrogant, specially Madonna and Mariah so……Celine is a lady though.

    • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

      Dude wtf are you ranting about??????Anyone can feud with anyone,they are human beings before anything

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

        Did i say something wrong?…just asking.

      • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

        Do you honestly believe your statement makes sense?@Suicide

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013


    • JOHNVIDAL April 18, 2013

      B**** I agree with @dossome. That was too much lol
      This thing started cos Nicki didn´t know where she were at first. After that she knew. And this finally she said out loud on American Idol what everybody knows and what she has always said before the feud: she loves legendary Mariah. Both of them were at their best on tv cos they finally interacted
      I can´t understand how you don´t get the Mariah with newbie Nicki feud but you get the Madonna/Gaga one? Let me tell you, Madonna always starts them

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

        Of course Madonna always starts them, she’s always the subject of others 🙂

  28. Ever.Green April 18, 2013

    Best episode of the season last night!!! I think Kree, Candice & Angie have a shot of being huge. Glad the judges are talking to eachother, the interaction is great! Give us more of that.

  29. DOSSOME April 18, 2013


    If it were up to me,everyone should’ve been friends but guess what?THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE…before anything Mariah,Nicki,Madonna,Celine,Whitney and everyone else are and will always be human beings..STOP trying to “digest” why so and so don’t like each other because it’s their right to like and dislike whoever they want…and that has nothing to do with style,genre,artistry,social standing,race or whatever,it’s upto them to feel whatever they want…You have no business on who mariah should or shouldn’t like..

    & again Madonna and Mariah haven’t dissed each other sincethey repordly dissed each other the first time…

    • DOSSOME April 18, 2013


    • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

      Right but why acting like a b**** with someone who is not even in your league, that’s what i mean, and Mariah just shade Madonna on idol weeks ago when two girl were singing “Like a Prayer” and is not the first time since the 90’s.

      • MC April 18, 2013

        You insist on acting like you don’t know what caused the Mariah vs Madonna thing.

        Madonna started something she couldn’t finish…she simply shouldn’t have said “I’d rather die than be Mariah Carey…she isn’t very smart…” 🙄 Of course Mariah is going to defend herself.


        I just hope you realize that you unintentionally just contradicted yourself because you claim Mariah shouldn’t feud with people like J.Lo etc but Madonna took jabs at Mariah when Mariah was barely 5 years in.

        The difference between Madonna vs. Mariah was jealous on Madge’s part (and DON’T YOU EVEN ATTEMPT TO DISGUISE THAT) and the Mariah vs J.Lo had to do with Tommy Mottola stealing Mariah’s song and giving it to J.Lo/paying radios to bash her etc. The Mariah vs Nicki happened as we saw through tension not personal or musical similarities 🙄

        BTW what Mariah said about Madonna’s song is the truth, it isn’t a “singers” song 🙄 Call a spade a spade, Madonna isn’t a singer. Not shade but the truth.

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

        I don’t know if it was jealousy, maybe i don’t know but didn’t mariah do the same thing with J.LO ““”I’d Rather Be on Stage With a Pig””, instead of learn about Madonna’s mistake, and if Madonna is not a singer after the incredible and touching songs that she has singing and her amazing catalogue then i don’t know if i can call other female artists “singers” or even male rock musician such a Bruce for that matter, hey i’m not dissing Mariah, i’m just saying what i think is wrong from her part and that goes for Madonna too 🙂

      • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

        & How did she shade Madonna on Idol??i don’t see any shade there @Suicide…

      • JOHNVIDAL April 18, 2013

        Mariah never said that about JLo and you know it but you keep on bringing it. She only said “I don´t know her”. What Madonna said for real is “I´d prefer to die than be Mariah Carey”. Don´t compare cos Mariah is shaddy, yes but she has never used it to attack anybody or create controversy on purpose to sustain her career-media attention

      • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

        Stop lying Blondie…aside from “i don’t know her” shade,she never said anything about JLO EVER..

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

        Funny how you deny what Mariah supposedly said but confirms what Madonna supposedly said when there is not video, and yes Dossome she does shades Madonna on idol, the thing is both should stop acting like b****** with some people.

      • DOSSOME April 18, 2013

        Like @JohnVidal said,Madonna always starts the feud…look it up

      • Suicide Blonde April 18, 2013

        Of course Madonna always starts them, she’s always the subject of others. Love y’all 🙂

      • JOHNVIDAL April 19, 2013

        Sorry hun. If she starts them as you just admitted, the subejts are the others. Nobody mentioned her until she started the feuds. She´s a proper media s***, the difference when comparing her to Rihanna is that nobody cares if Madonna is a media w**** cos she is talented and has done so many amazing things, while Rihanna is a joke. At the end of the day, all people replying to you love Madonna too and you know. You were the one doing to much with your first comment 🙂

  30. nobitchassness April 18, 2013

    Simmer down sir.

    • just sayin’ April 18, 2013

      first off, any gay man or woman knows “simmer down sir” is only funny when speaking to a t*****, so, that was not even a read. a read has truth. the real read came from Mariah “YOU do not agree with me….”
      translate- you who can not sing, going to disagree with me who is known for this” thats shade….reminding people of what they think they are but are not.
      end of lesson

  31. LoseToWin April 19, 2013

    SHE DID THE DAMN THING! So glad she’s back & got her life back on track. Love this song.

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