On Friday, the front woman Stevie Nicks stole the show when she became the first female artist to be introduced twice in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And on Sunday, "American Idol" hoped Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon left a similar indelible impression with his painful coverage of the band's 1975 classic "Landslide".
The stripped-down ballad – a wistful reflection on changing and getting older – came from a special personal place to Harmon, 26. Catonsville, Maryland, native revealed by his "Idol" audition that he had only recently arrived out as gay to his mother and father, who is a priest. Until the song competition, he worked as a caretaker in his family's church, but has since interrupted and moved out of his parents' house.
"My parents have still not been able to accept me as gay," Harmon said before his performance and turned back tears. He recalled listening to "Landslide" one night "having had a hard conversation with my parents. I went to bed tonight and really connected to it."
Harmon was visibly emotional while sang in front of the crowd and later revealed that he wanted to dedicate the song to his parents who did not come to Hawaii for this week's Idol round.
"I want my parents to know that I love them, no matter what," said Harmon, who was instead supported by his girlfriend John. "I'm sorry to disappoint them and not show me what they dreamed of."
"Idol" judge Katy Perry, who also comes from a religious household and was a Christian artist before going to pop, comforted Harmon after his performance.
When she hit No. 1 with 2008, I hit "I kissed a girl", "it was hard for me because I felt very alone in what was going to be a very exciting time in my life," said Perry. "It has taken some time, but we have all come around," I agree to disagree. "I just want to tell a pastor's child to another, I see you, and I love you, and I accept you, and I'm so proud of you."
Harmon cut to the top 20 judges, though some fan favorites including Vietnamese immigrant Myra Tran and blind competitor Shayy were eliminated. The full list of participants who will continue in the competition when returning to Los Angeles Monday (ABC, 8 EDT / PDT):
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Ashley Hess  Alejandro Aranda
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
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