Trent Harmon, the winner of the fifteenth and final season of American Idol, attributed his victory to “God’s will.”
Harmon, who worked on his family’s farm and in his family’s restaurant in Mississippi, wowed judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. with his voice. He also stole the hearts of fans, ultimately going on to win the show’s final season and take his place among previous American Idol winners such as Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks.
Christian Today reports that when Harmon was announced as the winner, he collapsed on stage.
"I haven't been able to breathe in almost a year. I feel like in that moment, I got to decompress for the first time in almost a year," he said.
After regaining his composure and standing back up, Harmon hugged his competitor, La’Porsha Renae and told her, “It’s God’s will.”
“Trent just whispered in my ear, 'You know, this is what God wants. God has something really special for you. You won with me, too, baby,'" Renae told USA Today.
Both Harmon and Renae ended up being offered record deals from Scott Borchetta, the show’s mentor and record executive.
"I love them both. They're both great," said Borchetta.
Harmon identifies as a Christian and often references God and his faith in social media posts.
Publication date: April 11, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.