Expect a double dose of Maryland this season on American Idol, when two contestants with ties to the Charm City area are expected to appear.
Catonsville native Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, a 26-year-old former janitor who works in administrative support, will be featured on the March 10 episode when he auditions for the judging panel of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Dimitrius Graham, a Baltimore resident, will appear later this season on the singing competition on ABC, a spokeswoman for the show confirmed. Graham could not immediately be reached for comment.
Harmon described a grueling daylong audition process that began at 7 a.m. last fall in New York City.
“I was one of the last ones to audition,” he recalled, adding that he passed the time talking to other contestants, playing his guitar, reading and talking to his boyfriend. “I didn’t wind up leaving until midnight.”
Harmon said he was most intimidated by Perry. He also said he received the best feedback from the pop star.