Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon gave a special performance of “Landslide” for the judges that landed him a spot in the top 20 on “American Idol.”
During his first audition, Harmon, 26, revealed that he worked as a janitor in his father’s church in Catonsville, Md. He performed “After Heaven,” an original song about whether he would be allowed into heaven for being gay. For this audition round Harmon performed his version of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac.
“It has been a really difficult past few months for me,” Harmon said in an interview interspersed between his “Landslide” audition. “My parents still have not been able to accept me being gay. I’m no longer working as a janitor at my dad’s church. 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.”
Katy Perry, Lionel Ritchie and Luke Bryan loved Harmon’s rendition and advanced him to the next round. Harmon’s boyfriend was there to celebrate with him.