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Trent Harmon reveals 'American Idol' victory plans, Scott Borchetta talks Trent's first album and why he won

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/08/2016 

Trent Harmon wants to celebrate his American Idol win in an unexpected way, and mentor Scott Borchetta has revealed why he thinks the soulful, country crooner won the show's farewell season.

"I'm going to pour a big bowl of Frosted Flakes," Harmon, a 25-year-old waiter from Amory, MS, told USA Today backstage moments after his victory was announced.

"I'm going to sit down in my bed. I'm not going to turn the TV on and I'm going to sit there in peace and quiet."

But the peaceful silence won't last long, as Harmon has been signed to Big Machine Records founded by Borchetta and they'll probably get the ball rolling right away.

"I acknowledge that all that happened tonight is that it got me to the bottom of the next level up," Harmon admitted. "I'm good with that. I'm ready to go to work."

Borchetta has big plans for Harmon's first album, and the singer is apparently onboard.

"Mr. Scott said, 'Trent, I think it would be a wise move for us to make a country album of sorts, a country album that is palatable to a lot of different people, because you can sing a lot of different things,'" Harmon recalled.

The news doesn't come as a surprise since Harmon performed hits like Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man," a soul-country version of "Sharp Dressed Man," Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" and Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away" on American Idol this season.

"We've been trying to warm you up for that," Borchetta said after the Season 15 finale. "That's the record we're going to make. We're going to make, for lack of a better term, a Justin Timberlake country record."

Borchetta then explained why he believes Harmon beat the competition's frontrunner La'Porsha Renae, a 22-year-old call representative from McComb, MS, for the win.

"It's a momentum game and La'Porsha was always the one to beat, just like [runner-up Clark Beckham] was last year," Borchetta told the newspaper.

"I don't think it takes anything away from La'Porsha, but Trent had momentum. I've been talking about that for the last five, six weeks, like, 'I watched this guy. He's a dark horse and each week he's getting better.'"

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