Candice Glover Wins 'American Idol'! What's Next for the Top 4 Finalists?

The Season 12 finale was just the start for these singers -- as long as they strike now

The winners been announced, the confetti's been dropped, and (rumor has it) the judges have permanently left the building.  

But for those American Idol contestants who hung on until the end (or close to it), the party isn't over. In fact, "I felt like this is just the beginning," runner-up Kree Harrison told The Hollywood Reporter. "This is not the end of the road for any of us.” 

First off, the top 11 finalists will perform on American Idol's 40-city summer tour, which kicks off on June 29 in St. Louis. Season 11's Elise Testone, who scored a spot on last summer's tour, called it "one of the highlights of my life." But she warns the latest crop of Idol singers not to let the career opportunity go to waste. "After Idol, don’t expect anything -- whether it’s positive or negative. Yes, everyone knew your name for a few months and what you accomplished is outstanding, but if you don’t work hard to keep yourself out there then it will be forgotten."

Here's what's on tap for this season's Top 4 finalists as they set out to build on their success.

Candice Glover, winner

"I know the work is only going to get bigger from here on out," the 23-year-old S.C. native said during an interview Thursday night, just after snagging the Idol title. A few hours later, her new record label, 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, announced the release of her debut album, Music Speaks, on June 16. If fans pre-order the CD on iTunes or Glover's website, they can instantly download her coronation song, "I Am Beautiful."

She'll be headlining the Idol tour, of course, and she'll also make the talk show rounds, visiting The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Live! With Kelly & Michael, as well as performing during PBS's Annual National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth.

Kree Harrison, runner-up

“The next step is the best part -- the relationships that I created and the friends that I made, we get to go on tour together, which is crazy," Harrison told The Hollywood Reporter. "And then I want to make a good record. That's all I ever wanted to do.” Her first single will naturally be "All Cried Out," her coronation song. No doubt this Texas native-turned-Nashville-transplant will soon be inking a record deal. "I hope [to debut new music on the road]," she told MTV News. "Stay tuned."

Angie Miller, 3rd place

"I just hope to get signed and put out an album," the 19-year-old Beverly, Mass. native told Billboard, and it may happen with Interscope Records. “[Talks are] starting now, and I think ... everything will be finalized after the finale," she told WPLJ in New York. As for the type of album she'll record, she told Rolling Stone, "I want to make music that has meaning and is real. I don’t want to have dance party music, but at the same time I don’t want to put people to sleep. [Laughs] I definitely want to incorporate piano, and have a lot of edge. I love rock." And she's not stopping there. "Eventually, I want to do acting ... everything," she told WPLJ. "I just want to do so much." 

Amber Holcomb, 4th place

"I'm ready to go on tour and just perform with everybody again and again and again, you know?" the 19-year-old from Houston told reporters after she was eliminated. When asked what she hoped to do with her newfound fame, she replied: "Let me get the list out!" Holcomb dreams of hit singles, Grammy Awards and a role on Glee. "I would love to work with Rihanna, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Nicki [Minaj], maybe if I can even open for them ... rappers, Lil Wayne. I want to be everywhere."

Dream big, ladies! And strike now -- while we remember who you are! 

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