The gay son of a pastor just performed an emotional song in front of his parents for the first time in his American Idol journey.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon made international headlines last month when he auditioned for the US reality television singing show.
He sang an original song that he wrote called Almost Heaven. It’s a song about questioning if there is a place for him and for people like him in heaven.
This is because when he first came out as gay to his religious parents, they told him it’s ‘not a path’ he should follow.
‘I first came out to my parents and my family three years ago,’ he said during his first audition. ‘The consensus seemed to be that this is not a path that I should follow.
‘There’s times when I do feel alone. The hardest part for me is seeing how difficult it is for my family. I’m hopeful that it’s an experience where we can learn to grow together,’ he said.
Who Wants to Live Forever?
During last night’s (28 April) American Idol show, the parents of Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon watched him perform for the very first time.
Harmon sang Queen’s song Who Wants to Live Forever — an emotional song first performed by openly bisexual frontman, Freddie Mercury.
During his performance, Harmon’s stripped back version shone through to the audience, causing the judges to give him a standing ovation.
His parents also stood up and applauded, with his mom blowing him a kiss.
Judge Katy Perry then said: ‘Jeremiah, you really embodied the spirit of Freddie Mercury with that performance. 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.
‘God bless you,’ she added.
Lionel Richie then remarked: ‘I’m very proud of you and keep up the good work. The best time to do it is in front of your parents.’
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon also sang The Greatest Showman’s A Million Dreams on last night’s show.
He made it through to the final six contestants.