American Idol‘s Season 15 runner-up, La’Porsha Renae, has a vision: Four shirtless men banging on African-style drums as she belts out a rhythm-heavy anthem of empowerment.
It’s a set piece that got its wings clipped by producers before her performance of Sia’s “Elastic Heart” — on the grounds that it didn’t fit Idol‘s family-friendly aesthetic — but one she’s keeping in her back pocket for future use, she explains in an extensive three-part video interview with TVLine.
The newest addition to the Motown Records roster also faced accusations of being less-than-friendly to LGBT families after a press-conference last Friday in which she was asked to comments about anti-gay legislation passed in her home state of Mississippi. “I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle,” she said at the time, citing her religious upbringing. “But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual… We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.”
When I asked La’Porsha about the backlash over her comments, she admitted she’d been “offensive by using the word ‘lifestyle'” to describe homosexuality, adding that while she’s still not up to speed about HB1523, she is “firmly” against any law that promotes discrimination.
La’Porsha also got plenty of opportunity to dish her Idol run, including: How she approaches a song as if she were making love (!); why she thought it was important to be a student of Idol history; whether or not she regretted her on-stage comments about her so-so cover of “Stay With Me” on Top 3 night; and which Whitney Houston song she staunchly refused to tackle.
All that, plus intense conversations about her performances of “Diamonds,” “Come Together” and “No More Drama” — one of which she threatened not to sing an hour before the live telecast!
Press PLAY above for Part 1 — and below for Parts 2 and 3 — then hit the comments with your thoughts on La’Porsha’s apology and her future in the business.