Hasta la vista, ‘American Idol!’ Trent Harmon won the 15th and final season and I’m happy for him, but it should have been La’Porsha Renae. Here’s why!
Oh, Trent Harmon. I love him, I really do, but I wanted La’Porsha Renae to win. When Ryan Seacrest announced the results on American Idol last night, April 7, after an epic three-night finale and nationwide vote, I wasn’t the only one who was shocked that it was Trent.
Once again, a white boy with a guitar won America’s most popular singing competition, and I’ve got to say I’m disappointed. Trent Harmon has an amazing voice, sure, and he’s well-suited for a great pop/country career, but there’s nothing to discern him from the pack. La’Porsha Renae, on the other hand, comes with an inspiring backstory, boatloads of diva/star power and a huge stage presence. The fact that she’s African-American doesn’t define her talent, but I believe that La’Porsha is a more accurate representation of the changing landscape of America and its music scene.Listen to more amazing American Idol voices right here on Amazon!
Just weeks before she became involved with Idol, La’Porsha and her baby daughter Nayale escaped La’Porsha’s abusive husband, and packed up to leave for a shelter. La’Porsha gathered the courage to drive directly from the shelter to audition for the talent show. Has anyone ever needed a chance to escape her circumstances as much as La’Porsha did? No, I don’t think so. Winning Idol would have been a career boost for La’Porsha, but she has already risen above the odds to make a name of herself.
La’Porsha sang incredibly every week, reminding us of old classics while showing off a voice that can and will fill stadiums. My prediction is that while Trent will land a hit or two on the Billboard 100 before fading into obscurity like many other previous Idol winners, La’Porsha is the one who will stay relevant. My hope for her is that she pulls a Jennifer Hudson and lets her star shine in other arenas — and is the rote pop culture machine really for her anyway? La’Porsha can easily release an album, but I think she’s creative enough to take on an even bigger venture, whether it’s a powerhouse band a la The Supremes, a Broadway career or movie stardom. The possibilities are endless, and I think La’Porsha is too big — in heart, voice and soul — to be contained to a run-of-the-mill pop career.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree that La’Porsha should have won?