Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon Advances To Top 6 On ‘American Idol’

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, scored last night as he performed in front of his parents for the first time on his journey with American Idol.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on American Idol

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, scored last night as he performed in front of his parents for the first time on his journey with American Idol.

With coaching from none other than Queen frontman Adam Lambert, Harmon offered a emotional, stripped down version of “Who Wants To Live Forever,” which resulted in a standing ovation from the audience, the judges, and most importantly, his parents.

During his initial audition for the reality talent competition, he shared that he had recently come out as gay, and his parents responded by telling him it’s ‘not a path’ they approved of.

He sang an original song he’d written, titled “Almost Heaven,” which questioned if there is a place for him in heaven. The song choice put the tension with his family center stage.

Last night’s song choice of “Who Wants To Live Forever,” famously sung by openly bisexual rocker Freddie Mercury, made it clear Harmon wanted to send a message with his parents in attendance.

But, while many are referring to the 26-year-old’s family ‘shunning him,’ he recently told Out that portrayal of his family dynamic wasn’t quite accurate.

“I’ve never said that my parents have rejected me, or don’t accept me as me, their son,” he shared with Out. “And that in combination with my parents not being able to make it to the first couple performances and [not being] featured on the show yet, you know, it’s easy for people to take that and run with it … in reality, they’re just trying to integrate this experience and they’re processing it in their own way.”

Judge Katy Perry, who is also a ‘pastor’s kid,’ has championed Harmon from day one. After his haunting performance which showed off his effortless high notes, she had only praise.

“Jeremiah, you really embodied the spirit of Freddie Mercury with that performance,” said Perry. “It was so beautiful seeing you perform in front of your parents for the first time, and it’s so wonderful to see your journey.”

“And to see your parents come out here, and support you, and accept you, and know it’s a “come as you are” situation,” she continued. “God bless you.”

Luke Bryan remarked on Harmon’s ability to “take us on a complete journey.”

“That was a journey that built and built and built, and you just took it to the next level,” Bryan gushed. “I loved every second of it.”

And elder statesman Lionel Richie chimed in, “There’s something you just can’t teach – the ability to draw people in.”

“The dynamics of your voice, you’ve got a band that sounds like that much power coming behind you, and you take the band to the next level,” said Richie. “That means you’re doing something powerful.”

“Your voice is something to be reckoned with,” he finished, adding, “I’m very proud of you and keep up the good work. The best time to do it is in front of your parents.’

Stay tuned, folks, because Harmon made it to the Top 6 now.

Could we have our first openly gay American Idol?

Jeremiah’s parents gave him a standing ovation attending their first AI episode

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon Scores With Elton John Tune On ‘American Idol’

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on ‘American Idol’

American Idol went live last night as the Top 14 look to the public’s votes to continue in the competition.

The show will reveal Monday night which contestants will go on to the Top 10. America’s votes will determine 7 of those spots, while the judges will choose 3 contestants to continue.

Out singer/songwriter Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon knocked another song out of the park continuing his string of solid performances.

As I’ve previously reported, his story as the openly gay son of a pastor in Maryland has already touched viewers. Following his progress, we’ve learned his family didn’t exact embrace his coming out three years ago.

But that drama was nowhere in sight last night as the 26-year-old sat down at the piano to sing.

Putting his effortless high notes front and center, Harmon delivered a passionate, gospel-tinged version of Elton John’s classic, “We All Fall in Love Sometimes.”

The judges were falling over themselves to praise the young singer from Maryland.

American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry & Luke Bryan

“You just took an Elton John song, you went past Freddy Mercury, and you ‘Jeremiah-ed’ the whole thing,” said Lionel Richie.

Comparing Harmon to the two queer pop icons, Richie added, “There are notes that Elton can’t do; then there are notes that 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, who is also a ‘PK’ (pastor’s kid), has been a staunch supporter of Harmon’s from day one.

“I’m a mess,” she confessed, clearly shook. “I’m just so proud.”

“You’re such a gift,” she continued, effusive with praise. “ You’re a light to the world. Your story is everything, and 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.”

The judges loved his performance, but we’ll have to see how the voting viewers respond.

What do you think, readers? Is Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon the next American Idol?

American Idol: Cynthia Erivo & Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon Sing “Time After Time”

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the openly gay son of a Maryland pastor, had the good fortune to be paired with Tony/Grammy/Emmy Award-winning actress (The Color Purple) Cynthia Erivo for a luscious, show stopping performance of Cyndi Lauper’s classic hit, “Time After Time.”
Cynthia Erivo & Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on ‘American Idol’

It was “Celebrity Duets” week on American Idol, and the talent competition saw 6 contestants eliminated as the show heads towards opening up the voting to the public next week.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the openly gay son of a Maryland pastor, had the good fortune to be paired with Tony/Grammy/Emmy Award-winning actress (The Color Purple) Cynthia Erivo for a luscious, show stopping performance of Cyndi Lauper’s classic hit, “Time After Time.”

Side note: Erivo’s performance in the Broadway revival of Color Purple was a transformational experience – easily one of the most powerful star turns this writer has ever seen onstage. She deserved every accolade and honor for her gut-wrenching turn as “Miss Celie.”

And now, back to American Idol…

The song was an inspired choice that played to both singers’ strengths. With complicated runs, obvious chemistry and effortless high notes, the performance definitely impressed the judges.

Katy Perry: “It’s like you guys’ souls were singing to each other…It was a spiritual moment for me.”

Luke Bryan: “It was incredible. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat going, ‘Please go for the big note;’ and you did it, and you just knocked it outta the park. Great job.”

Lionel Richie: “That was glorious. Glorious…We just witnessed a masterful performance.”

In a recent interview with Out, Harmon shared that American Idol hasn’t quite told his story as honestly as he’d like.

Thus far, his narrative has been one of rejection by his family after he came out.

“I’ve never said that my parents have rejected me, or don’t accept me as me, their son,” Harmon told Out. “And that in combination with my parents not being able to make it to the first couple performances and [not being] featured on the show yet, you know, it’s easy for people to take that and run with it and say, ‘Oh, Jeremiah’s parents are these monstrous, abusive people,’ which in reality, they’re just trying to integrate this experience and they’re processing it in their own way.”

Racking up strong performances like “Time After Time,” plus previous turns with “Landslide” and an original song, “Heaven,” Harmon’s family will have more time to “process” the experience as Harmon advanced to the Top 14 and will continue his AI journey.

Watch Harmon and Erivo make musical magic with “Time After Time” below.

Gay Son Of A Pastor Sings Emotional “Landslide” Dedicated To His Parents

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on American Idol (screen capture via YouTube)

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night.

For his first AI audition, Harmon performed an original song titled, “After Heaven,” which wonders if there would be a place in heaven for him.

At the time, he was working as a janitor in his dad’s church. But, he’s since left that job.

The 26-year-old shared that his “Landslide” performance was dedicated to his parents, who he revealed have not accepted him since he came out as gay.

“They were really on my mind when I sang that,” he said in a clip interspersed with his performance. “I just want them to know that I love them, and I tried to communicate that.”

The song choice made for powerful reflection as he sang the song before a live audience:

Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

“I just gotta keep telling myself that I can do this,” said Harmon through tears to the camera. “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 the performances, Harmon sat down to hear what the judges had to say.

Katy Perry, who is also the child of a pastor, connected with Harmon relating how her parents didn’t groove on her first hit song, “I Kissed a Girl.”

“It was difficult for me because I felt very alone in what is supposed to be a very exciting time in my life,” she shared. “It has taken some time, but we’ve all come around to agree to disagree.”

“I just want to say, from one pastor’s kid to another, that I see you, and I love you, and I accept you, and I’m so proud of you,” she added.

And with that, she told Harmon he would be moving on to the round of Top 20 aspiring singers.

The ginger singer has definitely struck a chord with the TV audience.

Up to now, the decisions have been left to the judges. Here’s hoping the viewers at home pick up the phone and vote for Harmon.

And, depending how far he goes, will his parents show up along his American Idol journey?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m gettin’ older, too

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, the gay son of a Maryland pastor, delivered an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” on American Idol Sunday night making the Top 20.