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Candice Glover's Winning "American Idol" Strategy

Ray Mickshaw/FOXBy now, most people know that newly-minted American Idol champ Candice Glover tried out twice for the show before finally making into the top 10 this year.  So why was she able to make it this year, when she got cut the two previous years?  What changed?  Her strategy.

Speaking with reporters on Friday during a phone press conference, Candice explained that when she decided to try out one more time for Idol, she tried to expand her repertoire...and also stop caring so much what people thought of her.

"I just listened to every single genre of music out there and got my musical knowledge up," she told reporters, adding that she "focused on being myself more and being different, and not worrying about being accepted."

"In the previous two years, I cared a little bit more than I should have, and that's why it didn't really work out," Candice explained.  "But this time, I was confident, and it worked out."

She also had advice from a friend she met during last season, when she made it to the Vegas rounds: Jessica Sanchez, who came in second last year behind Phillip Phillips

"Last year, I was encouraging her and voting for her and being there when she needed someone to talk to," Candice told reporters.  And this year, when the tables were turned, Candice says, "She always would tell me, 'Be yourself, and just go through the whole thing, and pace yourself 'cause it's gonna get harder down the road.'"

Next up for Candice: a round of media appearances, including singing on Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday, and recording her debut album, Music Speaks, which is coming out July 16.  Since the American Idols Live tour begins June 29, Candice told reporters she expects to be spending "late hours" in the studio trying to get it done before that.

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