Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon Delivers Emotional 'Landslide' Performance on 'American Idol': Watch
On Sunday night’s episode of American Idol, the remaining 40 contestants competed for their spots in the top 20 while performing in front of a live audience at Disney’s Aulani resort in Honolulu, Hawaii. One contestant in particular proved why he deserves his spot.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon took to the stage to perform a simple, emotional rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s classic track “Landslide.” As the star performed the number, the show cut back to a conversation he had with in-house mentor Bobby Bones about his relationship with his parents since the 26-year-old came out.
“It has been a really difficult past few months for me,” Harmon said in an earlier part of the show. “My parents still have not been able to accept me being gay. … I decided to move out and that was a difficult choice to make. I felt like it was the healthiest thing for me to do. Being a part of this show has been good for me in one way, but it has also been a big challenge for me. I’m just being very public about my story and it’s causing a lot of change in my life right now.”
While he said he wished his parents could be there, the star powered through the number, before breaking down in tears once he was off the stage. “I was gonna dedicate that song to my mom and dad,” he said. “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.”
Clearly, the singer’s work did not go unnoticed -- the judges granted him a spot in the show’s top 20, with Katy Perry telling him that she related to his experience, as a fellow child of a pastor. “From one pastor’s kid to another, I just want to say that I see you, and I love you and I accept you,” she said.
Check out Jeremiah’s full performance of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac below: