Trent Harmon was named the champion of American Idol’s 15th and final season on Thursday, but backstage after the epic finale, the 25-year-old singer was calm, cool and collected.
“I mean, I understand and I'm fully aware that all that happened tonight was it got me into the bottom of the next level,” Harmon told ET. “I'm gonna keep that mindset until further notice.”
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The singer beat out fellow Mississippi native La’Porsha Renae for the title and revealed that the two made their own private pact before going onstage for Ryan Seacrest’s final Idol winner announcement.
“I said a little prayer right before and I told Porsha, I said, ‘Porsha whatever happens, let's just hug. If they call your name or they call my name, let's just hug and not even care what they say.’ And she agreed,” he explained. “I told her, ‘Let go make an album! Let's go make one together, you be on mine, I'll be on yours, let's go do this. Let's go to work!’”
The pair will both be going to work on their debut albums soon, as each signed contracts with Big Machine Records, and Harmon told ET he’s excited to continue his “most friendly rivalry” with his fellow finalist.
“I'm just glad I get to go to work with my friend. Even post-Idol we're gonna be doing this together,” he added. “We don't do it separately, we do it together. We sit next to each and I'll say, 'Porsha can you sing this?' and she'll say, 'Yeah but can you sing this?' We get better together.”
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Harmon was superstitious about having his family members in the audience during his Idol run, but ultimately, having the support of friends and family paid off. ET spoke to his mother, Cyndi Harmon, prior to the finale, where she adorably opened up about the joy of watching her son’s dreams come true.
“It is just absolutely surreal...I don’t know if I could put it into words,” the Idol champ’s mom gushed proudly. “We just feel so blessed.”
“I got a text from him [before the finale], that just said basically, ‘No matter what happens tonight, thanks for supporting me. Thank you for everything you’ve done to help make this dream come true and whatever happens I love y'all,’” she added.
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