“American Idol” 2016 crowned Trent Harmon as its final Idol for the farewell season. The show ended on a high note as stars packed the ultimate finale.
Harmon bested La’Porsha Renae with his rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier,” Billboard reported. However, both contestants earned recording contracts with 19/Big Machine Records.
“Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol, we have made the decision to sign both the winner, Trent Harmon, and runner-up, La’Porsha Renae, to exclusive recording agreements,” Scott Borchetta told Billboard. Borchetta is the founder and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
The 2016 “American Idol” hails from Mississippi. E! News noted how the 25-year-old farm boy surprised judges from the start of the season. E! News even recounted his soulful audition when he sang an Allen Stone tune to impress the judges.
Here are seven surprising trivia about the newly crowned “American Idol” of 2016.
1. “I want to pay my cell phone bill,” Harmon revealed to HollywoodLife about his determination to turn his singing into a career. The new American Idol admitted he’s motivated to sing in order to pay his cell phone bill.
2. Harmon had requested his family not to attend his performances. However, they did make it to the live show, Heavy.com noted. “Harmon had been very superstitious” as the reason why he didn’t want them there, Heavy.com added.
3. His hometown, Amory, Mississippi, is one of the smallest in the country. It had a recorded population of 7,313 in 2014 according to Bestplaces.net.
4. He was the first to sing a Justin Timberlake song on “American Idol.” His delivery of “Drink You Away” was brilliant.
5. His first playing gigs were at his family’s restaurant, Heavy.com revealed. At times, he received boos from the audience. Fortunately, it did not discourage him from singing.
6. His faith played a significant role in his life. Harmon attended weekly bible readings and worship services as he grew up, Mjsbigblog publicised earlier.
7. Keith Urban co-wrote “Falling” with Trent Harmon, hence the “southern rock sounds and bluesy style” of the song.
In spite of the hype over its farewell season, Ryan Seacrest might have hinted at the show’s possible return as he ended his usual spiel with the words, “for now.” Could this be in connection with Simon Fuller’s earlier revelation that “the show will be coming back for sure”? Let’s wait and see.