The gay pastor’s son whose emotional American Idol audition went viral has secured a spot in the show’s top 20 after delivering another touching performance during a final audition in Hawaii.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” which he said he had hoped to deification to his parents, who weren’t there to support him because they don’t agree with his choice to live authentically.
“I just gotta keep telling myself that I can do this,” Harmon said Sunday night. “I’m doing this for me. I’m doing this for everyone who’s been outcast by their loved ones. I know that this isn’t just my experience and if I can be open about it and vulnerable then maybe that can bring hope to somebody else.”
After a heartfelt performance that left the judges stunned, Harmon shared an emotional moment with his boyfriend and revealed he’s been planning to dedicate the song to his mom and dad. “They were really on my mind when I sang that. I just want them to know that I love them and I tried to communicate that.”
During his final critique, judge Katy Perry told Harmon that as a pastor’s kid herself, she found it hard to relate to her parents when she started in the music industry. The Hudsons were not happy about her debut single, “I Kissed a Girl,” but now they’ve learned to “agree to disagree.”
Now, Harmon’s date is out of the judges hands as he moves on to live shows and America’s vote.