Trent Harmon is the final winner of American Idol, and for the 25-year-old it’s been quite a run. The powerhouse singer, who’s made ends meet as a waiter in Mississippi, beat out La’Porsha Renae for the crown, and was obviously thankful for the honor.
“(American Idol) is a machine that pumps out superstars,” said Harmon. “I’m just blessed to be able to have that opportunity to maybe go be one. Idol is the real deal. You may not like Idol. You may laugh at it, whatever you want to do, it doesn’t matter. There’s a stage full of people today that can put that (notion) to bed.”
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who described the finale as “overwhelming,” talked about saying goodbye to one of the most high profile jobs on television. “Even though I’ll be busy and I have to go to work in the morning, nothing will ever be like this,” said Seacrest. “This has been the most amazing launching pad for me personally and for so many of us and for that I’ll always be grateful and it’ll never be replaceable.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Harmon talk about what he thought about seconds before his name was announced as the winner of American Idol:
Tonight’s American Idol finale will have a Mississippi feel, as Amory’s Trent Harmon and McComb’s La’Porsha Renae are vying for the AI crown. Though Renae has been favored all season to win it all, Harmon had a standout showing last night thanks to his coronation song “Falling,” a bluesy tune penned by AI judge Keith Urban, Dallas Davidson, and Brett James.
“First of all, I love my friends,” said Harmon. “I love Dalton Rapattoni to death so I was really sad for about three seconds. Then I was like, ‘you know what, this is competition, I’m going to war.’ Not so much against La’Porsha (but) it’s time to get your game face on. I’m a ball player (and) I go in with that mindset of ‘It’s time to go to the mound’ and ‘It’s time to go to work.’
Whether or not he wins the American Idol crown, Trent Harmon aims to continue to stay focused on his career and follow his own voice no matter what the cost. Click on the media bar below to hear Harmon talk about being compared to Kelly Clarkson and life after American Idol:
Check out the American Idol finale tonight on FOX (8 pm et/pt).