The final performance show of “American Idol,” featuring Top 2 finalists Trent Harmon and La’Porsha Renae, will go down as one of the best in the show’s 15 season history. Both natives of Mississippi, gave strong performances and either could be named the last “Idol” that bookends original “Idol” Kelly Clarkson. The contestant’s coronations songs, “Falling” for Harmon and “Battles” for Renae, were perfect fits for each of their voices and are available on iTunes.
Harmon’s song “Falling,” was co-written by “Idol” judge Keith Urban. “It’s a song I wrote with Brett James and Dallas Davidson,” Urban told reporters backstage after the show. “I had written it last year for my record. We were writing lots of songs and that one just kind of fell by the wayside as I was focusing on other songs. So when they called and asked if I’d be cool if Trent sung it, I was all for it. I heard his version of it and I thought it was amazing.”
Though it was evident by their performances that each could easily win, the competition was forgotten for a moment as the two singers had nothing but nice things to say about the other. Harmon and Renae even walked hand-in- hand backstage after the show.
“The one thing I love about Trent performing and I could literally listen to him all day every day is the fact that he’s so genuine,” Renae said of her fellow finalist. “No matter what he’s singing about, Trent puts not 100 percent or 200 percent but 1000 percent of himself just into the performance. And not just from a performance perspective, but Trent is such an amazing person. Behind the scenes on days when I doubted myself, Trent’s been there for me. He’s so inspirational he prays she said he prays with me before each performance he encourages me whenever I doubt myself so at this point in time I feel like Trent really deserves it and I love him so much.”
Harmon shared the same sentiment for the young mother, whose coronation song, “Battles,” continued her overall message of female empowerment with her inspiring performance.
“I don’t know if anybody realizes this or not but this is a top 2 from the same state in the greatest singing competition in the history of television,” Harmon said after the show of Renae. “We are actually friends. At night we still text and talk [to each other]. She knows how to work and I feel like it’s paid off. She’s doing it for her baby.” Renae’s one-year old daughter, Nayalee, has been a favorite among “Idol” judges and fans alike, often sharing the spotlight with her songstress mom. “I’m doing all of this for [her], Renae said at the end of the night as she dedicated her performance of “Diamonds” to her daughter
Third place finisher Dalton Rapattoni was eliminated in the first half hour of the night, after singing his new single, “Strike A Match.” After it’s all over, the Texas native heads to Austin to record an album with a member of the band Blue October.
What about the final two and what will happen if after the winner is named? “American Idol” mentor and Big Machine head Scott Borchetta has a clear vision for both Harmon and Renae, no matter who wears the last “Idol” crown.
“If Trent wins, we’re going to Nashville and making a country record,” Borchetta said after the show. “If La’Porsha wins, I have already created a joint venture with Motown -so it would be Big machine Motown. Ethiopia [Habtemariam], the president of Motown has been to the last several shows and [music producer Harmony [Samuels] will executive produce her single, so we are ready.”
The two-hour “American Idol” finale will feature performances the shows superstar alumni, including Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, past season winners Clarkson, Philip Phillips, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr, Keith Urban and a host of surprises.
Catch the farewell episode of “American Idol” on Thursday, April 7 beginning at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)/ 7:00 p.m. (Central) on FOX.