Trent Harmon secured his place in the American Idol finale along with La’Porsha Renae Wednesday. Trent started the night with his coronation song, “Falling.” You may have noticed judge Keith Urban happily singing along even though no one else had ever heard the song. That’s because Keith helped write it.
Billboard reports Keith Urban told reporters after the show that fellow judge Jennifer Lopez was surprised he knew the words to “Falling” and questioned him about it.
Keith explained the song, co-written with Dallas Davidson and Brett James, “fell by the wayside a little bit.”
He had no hesitations at all when asked if he would “be cool with Trent singing it.” The result impressed Urban, as he told reporters Harmon’s version of “Falling” was “amazing.”
According to mentor and president of Big Machine Records Scott Borchetta, “Falling” may be the first of many country collaborations for Trent Harmon. Borchetta recently discussed his plans for Trent with Taste of Country. Although Harmon entered the competition with a smooth R&B style, Borchetta said he will get him on country radio if he wins American Idol.
Harmon is a true Mississippi farm boy oozing with Southern charm. That combined with his bluesy, soulful edge makes him a perfect fit for country music, Borchetta says.
“I think it’s very true to who he is. He’s always done country in his set. He lives on a true farm-to-table farm and restaurant… he’s a country boy.”
Taste of Country gave “Falling” a smoking-hot review, saying should Trent Harmon win, it “will become country’s best debut single from an Idol winner and the first in years that marries great vocals with great songwriting.”
ToC also discusses the sensuality of the lyrics, saying it is “as sexy of a song as you’ll ever find on country radio.”
While no one knows who will become the next and last American Idol tonight, someone always knew Trent Harmon was destined to be a star one way or another — his mom. Cindy Harmon told Mississippi news station WTVA that she noticed his musical gift when he was just 3-years-old.
“I just knew this was going to happen. I just didn’t know when, I didn’t know how, but I knew it would.”
For the first time this season, Trent Harmon’s mom and family got to sit in the audience and watch him perform Wednesday night. Up until last week, when they showed up early as a surprise, Trent had not allowed his family to join him in Los Angeles.
Harmon is so superstitious about performing that he didn’t want to make any big changes. However, he had promised they could come if he made it to the finale. They couldn’t be more excited to finally be there to shower Trent with love and support. Trent’s sister, Randi Kathryn, said the whole experience is “surreal.”
“It’s just so surreal, I can’t believe I’m actually here. I have counted down the days until we’re actually here. And I can’t believe that Thursday is the finale. We’re so excited and I couldn’t be happier for Trent.”
She went on to say that the family is much more nervous than Trent Harmon is, explaining “that’s just Trent.”
No matter who’s name is called after the lights are dimmed for the last time on the Idol stage tonight, Cindy Harmon says Trent is a “winner already.” She feels certain now that America has seen his talent, her son “is going to be to be fine.”
Find out if Trent Harmon becomes the final American Idol tonight on Fox at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.
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