Candice Glover Kicks Off 'Motown' Night on "American Idol" Top 8 Episode

Gil ShalowitzMar 27, 2013 08:26 PM EDT

"Music From The Motor City" night of American Idol Season 12 opened up with a clip about Detroit's music history narrated by Motown legend and Idol mentor for the week, Smokey Robinson.

"I was acting a fool the whole time." That was Candice Glover's reaction to meeting Smokey Robinson for the first time

Kicking off the night's performances Candice Glover chose, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."

How Glover found any space to make the Marvin Gaye classic any blusier is beyond but she road the beat from the first note to the very last.

Though I've seen Candice give more impassioned performances in previous American Idol episodes this season, tonight's should still be enough to get her through the next round.

After Glover finished, Idol judge Keith Urban could hardly get a word in. Once the crowd quited he told Candice it was her, "best performance so far."

Randy Jackson loved that she "has one of the best voices in the competition this year," citing it as, "effortless...crazy good."

Mariah told Candice Glover she "epitomizes what this competition is."

Candice was visibly nervous before going on. When host Ryan Seacrest pulled her aside after the performance, Glover confessed the pressure of going first and starting the show off on a high note made her "lose it."

You didn't "lose" anything Candice Glover.

Tune in after the commercial break for the Top 8 group performance on American Idol Season 12 on FOX.

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