American Idol contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay pastor’s son who has become a fan favorite thanks to his talent and emotional backstory, wowed the judges this week with a song by another talented queer performer — one who is maybe slightly more legendary. Harmon showed off his impressive pipes in a version of Elton John’s classic, “We All Fall in Love Sometimes.”
“There are notes that Elton can’t do,” said Lionel Richie, before comparing Harmon to yet another queer icon. “Then there are notes that — I can’t believe it — Freddie Mercury can’t do, and you went to a Z flat somewhere up there past Pluto and Mars. It was amazing. And your voice is amazing, and your career is going to be amazing.”
Katy Perry, a fellow PK (pastor’s kid), was similarly shook. “I’m a mess,” she said, clearly emotional. “I’m just so proud. You’re such a gift. Your talent supersedes all.”
“The whole time I’m watching that I’m like I’m not worthy to be sitting here watching,” added Luke Bryan — points were made. “I just see Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on this big billboard.”
Last month, Out spoke with Harmon about his chances of being the first gay American Idol winner. “I find myself getting a little competitive on the inside more than I want to, and the closer that I get, it's kind of like, maybe I could do this. I didn't plan to get this far, but what would it be like to win...I'm kind of getting closer to the finale and I'm like, maybe I could. Maybe I could take this, you know?” With his spot in the Top 10 all but guaranteed, the chances are looking pretty good.