'American Idol' Final Two Discuss Their Mississippi Showdown, Friendship & Tonight's Big Finale

Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae american idol 2016
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American Idol top 2 contestants, Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae, photographed on April 6, 2016.

Big Machine Records president Scott Borchetta billed Wednesday night's final performance battle between Mississippi finalists Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae as the "Super Bowl of American Idol," but backstage the two singers were singing each other's praises.

"I don't know if anybody realizes this or not but this a top two from the same state in the greatest singing competition in the history of television," said Harmon as he held Renae's hand. "We are actually friends. At night we still text and talk."

Harmon said he had nothing but love for the 22-year old single mother, and would be happy for her if she wins.

"She knows how to work, and I feel like it has paid off," he said. "She's doing it for her baby."

Asked what she loves about Harmon, Renae said is that he is so "genuine."

"No matter what he's singing about, Trent puts not 100 percent or 200 percent but 1000 percent of himself just into the performance," she said. "And not just from a performance perspective or a vocalist performance, but Trent is such an amazing person. Behind the scenes on days when I doubted myself, Trent's been there for me, and for all of us he is so inspirational."

Renae said the two are so close that they often pray together.

"He encourages me whenever I doubt myself," she said. "At this point in time I feel like Trent really deserves it and I love him so much."

When asked why both singers chose Sia songs to perform as reprises -- Renae sang "Diamonds" and Harmon "Chandelier" -- Renae said that was the week they realized how much America "loved us."

"We just kind of put our hearts and souls on stage, and the response that each of us got on each of those performances was so overwhelming," she said. "I think that is the moment we shined the most. It was almost like coming into our own on both those performances." 

The two-hour American Idol finale airs Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. 


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