No surprise. Candice Glover is American Idol’s Season 12 winner. But what exactly does that mean?

For Ms. Glover it means she now has a chance… and odds are that her talent will ultimately put her somewhere between where previous winners have gone – stardom for Carrie Underwood and fleeting fame for Lee DeWyze. It will all come down to hard work, the right supporting cast and a little luck.

For runnerup Kree Harrison. Not much difference only she starts out with a little less in her bank account, a lot less publicity, but nonetheless that same opportunity. Where can it take her? All she has to do it take a look back at last season and Season 11 runnerup Jessica Sanchez. She has certainly shown how to take advantage of an opportunity even if Ryan Seacrest didn’t proclaim her as the winner.

But now comes the interesting part – how different will Season 13 be as auditions commence today. Stay tuned.