Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon dedicated his moving American Idol performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to his parents, who were not there to support him because they don’t agree with his choice to live as an openly gay man.
“I just gotta keep telling myself that I can do this,” said Harmon during a final audition in Hawaii. “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.”
Harmon shared an emotional moment with his boyfriend and revealed that he had been planning to dedicate the song to his pastor parents.
“They were really on my mind when I sang that,” Harmon said. “I just want them to know that I love them and I tried to communicate that.”
The heartfelt performance left the judges stunned and earned him a spot in the show’s top 20.
Watch his performance, below:
Idol judge Katy Perry told Harmon that as a pastor’s kid herself, she also found it hard to connect with her parents when she began her career as an artist.
Perry’s parents were not happy about her debut single, “I Kissed a Girl,” but now they’ve learned to “agree to disagree,” she told Harmon.