How do you know that the Season 17 line-up of ‘American Idol’ contestants is one of the best ever? Even the pros have been awestruck by the talent onstage. First, Stevie Nicks posts on social media that Alejandro Aranda‘s audition made her weep. Then we learned that Elton John wrote on Instagram how moved he was by Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon‘s Top 14 version of his song, “We All Fall in Love Sometimes,” a lesser-known tune from Sir Elton’s 1975 album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” that has been previously covered by Jeff Buckley and Coldplay. Two other hopefuls picked more obvious choices from British superstar’s songbook, Raquel Trinidad with “Tiny Dancer” and Eddie Island with “Bennie and the Jets,” but their familiarity likely led in part to their eliminations. Meanwhile, Jeremiah easily made his way into the Top 10 just on the basis of fan votes.
The performance by Jeremiah, 26, a former church janitor who was declared “an amazing talent” by John, was not just good enough to cause judge Katy Perry cry. It also earned the Catonsville, Maryland, native enough votes to put him through to the Top 10 round next week.
He also has quite an emotional back story. He, like Perry, is a preacher’s kid in a very close religious family. He came out to his parents last November, which caused a rift between them. But although they have yet to attend an “Idol” taping, they plan to see their son on the reality stage if the Towson University vocal performance major continues on in the competition. In meantime, his boyfriend, John, has been offering his support in the audience.
Jeremiah recently spoke to “Baltimore Magazine” about his “Idol” experience so far and how transparent he has been with his personal situation. He said in the interview, “I hope whatever I’ve done so far on the show has just shown not only my parents but everyone else that I am a human being and struggling through my emotional experiences as imperfectly as anyone else.”