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Noah Thompson’s American Idol Season 20 Highlights

Noah Thompson, the American Idol season 20 winner and country singer, celebrated his much-deserved victory after a season of incredible performances. Noah is a 20-year-old construction worker from Louisa, Kentucky, who auditioned for the show when his best friend Arthur believed in his raw talent and signed him up. Noah had no prior performing experience, but he earned three votes of yes from the American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan, and a golden ticket to Hollywood. Noah was a humble and relatable contestant whose biggest goal in life is to best father he can possibly be to his 1-year-old son, Walker.

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Noah’s American Idol journey was especially remarkable because he used the advice and guidance of the mentors and judges to grow in the competition, but still managed to stay true to himself. Although he sang a few country hits on the show, he was especially known for putting a country twist on songs from other genres. As Noah became more confident on stage, he experimented with his already impressive vocals and pushed himself to new heights. When American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood met Noah during their Top 5 remote mentoring session, she was brought to tears, explaining that the show was created for people from small towns, such as hers and Noah’s, because it changes their lives forever.

Noah has natural talent that mentors and judges nurtured throughout the competition to help him grow into the artist that he is today. He has a bright future ahead of him, as evidenced by his single, “One Day Tonight,” which reached number one on the music charts. Although it is very difficult to choose favorites within Noah’s American Idol catalog since all of his performances exceeded expectations, there are a few highlights that should be revisited when looking back at his win.

“Giving You Up” by Kameron Marlowe

At Noah’s American Idol audition, he admitted that he had always dreamed of playing music as a career and being famous, but there are not many opportunities to do so where he is from. He recognized that his family and friends believed in him, but he never believed in himself. His best friend Arthur signed him up for the show because he knew that he would never do it on his own. At the audition, Noah delivered his version of “Giving You Up” by Kameron Marlowe. His gritty voice and acoustic guitar playing impressed the judges so much that Luke told him that he was “perfect.” Lionel told Noah that he had “a real life, storyteller, bad-ass voice” that was believable. Katy told him that he was “the American dream.” Luke then said that this is why their job as judges is “cool” and that they were really excited that he was there. This was just the beginning of Noah’s amazing American Idol journey.

“Stay” by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

For his American Idol Hollywood Week Showstoppers performance, Noah blew away the judges with his song choice of “Stay” by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko. Noah said that, although the song is not one that he would usually sing, he and his girlfriend, Angel, sing it together. He knew that singing “Stay” would show what else he could do in his performances. The song choice was so unexpected and a pleasant surprise as Noah delivered the lyrics with soaring vocals. This song earned him a place in the Top 24 as Luke told him that he had “a magic quality” in his voice.

For his final American Idol performance during the finale, Noah once again sang “Stay.” Dressed in a suit, Noah looked like a true star. He admitted he had only worn a suit once before at his prom. The reprise of the song illustrated how far Noah had come since Hollywood Week. When the song was over, the judges gave Noah a standing ovation, and Lionel declared, “That’s it.” Katy told him that “Stay” was one of her favorite songs that Noah sang all season and she was so glad that he decided to sing it again. She said, “The growth! I mean, when you sang it last time to when you sang it tonight – you hit some notes!” Luke agreed, saying that when Noah sang “Stay” earlier in the season, they knew that he had something special, and he proved it even more.

“Heartbreak Warfare” by John Mayer

During the American Idol Judges’ Song Contest in Top 11 week, Noah sang “Heartbreak Warfare,” a rock song which was chosen for him by Luke Bryan. Although Noah had never heard the song before that week, he said that he now loved it and that it was one of his favorite songs. He took a risk by picking the unconventional song, especially since Katy’s pick of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver would have been a more obvious choice for him and it was the only song that he knew on the list, but the risk paid off. During the judging, Luke told Noah that he challenged himself with the song, and it was a big move. Katy told him that he was “brilliant” because he kept challenging himself to “grow in the moment.” She said that he was surprising them. This performance built Noah’s confidence and allowed him to grow as an artist. Noah also unintentionally created a funny moment on the show when he guessed that Katy had picked the song, which was originally performed by her ex-boyfriend, John Mayer. She told Noah, “I feel like maybe you should Wikipedia me,” and hid under the judges’ desk.

“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story

For the Top 10 American Idol Disney Night, Noah chose to sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. He made the classic song his own. Katy said that it was her favorite Noah performance besides “Stay” because he reinvented it. She explained that Randy Newman makes the song incredibly friendly and it is “such a sing-a-long song,” but Noah gave the song so much “character and color and country crooning.” She said that the song had some of his best vocals ever. Luke was happy because Noah had shown some vocal choices that they had never heard from him before. This showed Luke that there was a lot of promise in the future for Noah because, if he could put his “little sparkle” on that song, then the sky was the limit for what he could do in his whole career. Lionel said that the performance was “perfect.”

“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

During Top 7 week, Noah was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had to perform his two songs live from his hotel room remotely. For the TikTok sensation round, Noah sang “Painted Blue” by Sundy Best. He then dedicated his Mother’s Day round to his beloved grandmother Karen who helped to raise him and who is also helping Noah to raise his son. Noah sang “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac because she loves the song and he wanted to show her how much she means to him. Although he was visibly sick, Noah delivered two of his best performances of the competition. “Landslide” was especially heartfelt. The judges were charmed by Noah, and Luke joked that he should record his first record in his hotel room because he had the right vibe there and looked like a star. Lionel said that somehow being sick made Noah sound even better than he usually did because of the growl and texture in his voice. Katy thought that the adrenaline took over, and he did the best that he had ever done that night despite his illness. This performance illustrated that Noah could be vulnerable and emotional. It also showed that he was resilient in the face of adversity, and he pushed himself to rise to the occasion.

“So Small” by Carrie Underwood

During the Top 5 week, Noah returned to the live stage to perform Carrie Underwood’s hit song, “So Small.” For the first time, he moved around the stage while singing. Lionel told Noah that what makes him so appealing is that he is real and, on top of that, he has the ability to tell stories. Katy said that she had never seen Noah move from one of the American Idol stages to the other, and Noah joked that he had never seen himself move on stage at all. This was a turning point in the competition for Noah as he gained even more confidence.

“I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

For his first performance in the American Idol finale, Noah sang “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. He was a true star, dressed in a brown suede jacket and dark jeans, surrounded by golden lights. At the end of the song, Noah sang in falsetto and belted the final chorus, showing how much he had grown since the beginning of the competition. Luke praised Noah for performing such diverse songs as Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, and Disney and said that he had come a long way from that first audition. He called Noah “the King of Aw Shucks” because of his humility even after delivering such a stellar performance. Lionel told Noah that he now looks, acts, and sounds like himself on stage, and that he is now an artist. Katy said that so many people have fallen in love to “I’m on Fire,” and that Noah had “just swooped in and grabbed every heart in America by singing that song.” She said that he really made the song his own and had come so far. Katy said that he was “so humble” and “just a good guy from Kentucky that might win American Idol.” Noah was on fire, and it was the first indication of the night that Noah might take the crown.

“One Day Tonight”

During the American Idol finale, Noah sang his number one single, “One Day Tonight.” The live version of the song sounded just as great as the recorded one, indicating that Noah will have success as both a live performer and a recording artist. As he performed his own song confidently on the stage, he brought Katy to tears. She told him not to stop dreaming because there was a plan for him in his life. Luke again praised Noah’s growth throughout the competition. Lionel told Noah that singers strive for hit records, but what makes a career last forever is “when people fall in love with you.” As the audience cheered for him, it was clear that they loved him. And later that night, Noah became the next American Idol.

As the winner of American Idol season 20, Noah joins an elite group of legendary singers who have made extraordinary careers for themselves. Noah is exactly the type of artist that the show was created for: a humble person from a small town looking to achieve his dream of becoming a professional singer. His body of work on the show demonstrates how following the guidance of the mentors and the judges allowed him to grow into the artist that he is today. With these incredible performances, Noah proved that he truly is the American Idol.

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Noah Thompson’s American Idol Season 20 Highlights

Noah Thompson, the American Idol season 20 winner and country singer, celebrated his much-deserved victory after a season of incredible performances. Noah is a 20-year-old construction worker from Louisa, Kentucky, who auditioned for the show when his best friend Arthur believed in his raw talent and signed him up. Noah had no prior performing experience, but he earned three votes of yes from the American Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan, and a golden ticket to Hollywood. Noah was a humble and relatable contestant whose biggest goal in life is to best father he can possibly be to his 1-year-old son, Walker.
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Noah’s American Idol journey was especially remarkable because he used the advice and guidance of the mentors and judges to grow in the competition, but still managed to stay true to himself. Although he sang a few country hits on the show, he was especially known for putting a country twist on songs from other genres. As Noah became more confident on stage, he experimented with his already impressive vocals and pushed himself to new heights. When American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood met Noah during their Top 5 remote mentoring session, she was brought to tears, explaining that the show was created for people from small towns, such as hers and Noah’s, because it changes their lives forever.

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Noah has natural talent that mentors and judges nurtured throughout the competition to help him grow into the artist that he is today. He has a bright future ahead of him, as evidenced by his single, “One Day Tonight,” which reached number one on the music charts. Although it is very difficult to choose favorites within Noah’s American Idol catalog since all of his performances exceeded expectations, there are a few highlights that should be revisited when looking back at his win.
“Giving You Up” by Kameron Marlowe

At Noah’s American Idol audition, he admitted that he had always dreamed of playing music as a career and being famous, but there are not many opportunities to do so where he is from. He recognized that his family and friends believed in him, but he never believed in himself. His best friend Arthur signed him up for the show because he knew that he would never do it on his own. At the audition, Noah delivered his version of “Giving You Up” by Kameron Marlowe. His gritty voice and acoustic guitar playing impressed the judges so much that Luke told him that he was “perfect.” Lionel told Noah that he had “a real life, storyteller, bad-ass voice” that was believable. Katy told him that he was “the American dream.” Luke then said that this is why their job as judges is “cool” and that they were really excited that he was there. This was just the beginning of Noah’s amazing American Idol journey.

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“Stay” by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

For his American Idol Hollywood Week Showstoppers performance, Noah blew away the judges with his song choice of “Stay” by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko. Noah said that, although the song is not one that he would usually sing, he and his girlfriend, Angel, sing it together. He knew that singing “Stay” would show what else he could do in his performances. The song choice was so unexpected and a pleasant surprise as Noah delivered the lyrics with soaring vocals. This song earned him a place in the Top 24 as Luke told him that he had “a magic quality” in his voice.
For his final American Idol performance during the finale, Noah once again sang “Stay.” Dressed in a suit, Noah looked like a true star. He admitted he had only worn a suit once before at his prom. The reprise of the song illustrated how far Noah had come since Hollywood Week. When the song was over, the judges gave Noah a standing ovation, and Lionel declared, “That’s it.” Katy told him that “Stay” was one of her favorite songs that Noah sang all season and she was so glad that he decided to sing it again. She said, “The growth! I mean, when you sang it last time to when you sang it tonight – you hit some notes!” Luke agreed, saying that when Noah sang “Stay” earlier in the season, they knew that he had something special, and he proved it even more.

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“Heartbreak Warfare” by John Mayer

During the American Idol Judges’ Song Contest in Top 11 week, Noah sang “Heartbreak Warfare,” a rock song which was chosen for him by Luke Bryan. Although Noah had never heard the song before that week, he said that he now loved it and that it was one of his favorite songs. He took a risk by picking the unconventional song, especially since Katy’s pick of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver would have been a more obvious choice for him and it was the only song that he knew on the list, but the risk paid off. During the judging, Luke told Noah that he challenged himself with the song, and it was a big move. Katy told him that he was “brilliant” because he kept challenging himself to “grow in the moment.” She said that he was surprising them. This performance built Noah’s confidence and allowed him to grow as an artist. Noah also unintentionally created a funny moment on the show when he guessed that Katy had picked the song, which was originally performed by her ex-boyfriend, John Mayer. She told Noah, “I feel like maybe you should Wikipedia me,” and hid under the judges’ desk.

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“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story

For the Top 10 American Idol Disney Night, Noah chose to sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. He made the classic song his own. Katy said that it was her favorite Noah performance besides “Stay” because he reinvented it. She explained that Randy Newman makes the song incredibly friendly and it is “such a sing-a-long song,” but Noah gave the song so much “character and color and country crooning.” She said that the song had some of his best vocals ever. Luke was happy because Noah had shown some vocal choices that they had never heard from him before. This showed Luke that there was a lot of promise in the future for Noah because, if he could put his “little sparkle” on that song, then the sky was the limit for what he could do in his whole career. Lionel said that the performance was “perfect.”
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac

During Top 7 week, Noah was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had to perform his two songs live from his hotel room remotely. For the TikTok sensation round, Noah sang “Painted Blue” by Sundy Best. He then dedicated his Mother’s Day round to his beloved grandmother Karen who helped to raise him and who is also helping Noah to raise his son. Noah sang “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac because she loves the song and he wanted to show her how much she means to him. Although he was visibly sick, Noah delivered two of his best performances of the competition. “Landslide” was especially heartfelt. The judges were charmed by Noah, and Luke joked that he should record his first record in his hotel room because he had the right vibe there and looked like a star. Lionel said that somehow being sick made Noah sound even better than he usually did because of the growl and texture in his voice. Katy thought that the adrenaline took over, and he did the best that he had ever done that night despite his illness. This performance illustrated that Noah could be vulnerable and emotional. It also showed that he was resilient in the face of adversity, and he pushed himself to rise to the occasion.

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“So Small” by Carrie Underwood

During the Top 5 week, Noah returned to the live stage to perform Carrie Underwood’s hit song, “So Small.” For the first time, he moved around the stage while singing. Lionel told Noah that what makes him so appealing is that he is real and, on top of that, he has the ability to tell stories. Katy said that she had never seen Noah move from one of the American Idol stages to the other, and Noah joked that he had never seen himself move on stage at all. This was a turning point in the competition for Noah as he gained even more confidence.
“I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen

For his first performance in the American Idol finale, Noah sang “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen. He was a true star, dressed in a brown suede jacket and dark jeans, surrounded by golden lights. At the end of the song, Noah sang in falsetto and belted the final chorus, showing how much he had grown since the beginning of the competition. Luke praised Noah for performing such diverse songs as Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, and Disney and said that he had come a long way from that first audition. He called Noah “the King of Aw Shucks” because of his humility even after delivering such a stellar performance. Lionel told Noah that he now looks, acts, and sounds like himself on stage, and that he is now an artist. Katy said that so many people have fallen in love to “I’m on Fire,” and that Noah had “just swooped in and grabbed every heart in America by singing that song.” She said that he really made the song his own and had come so far. Katy said that he was “so humble” and “just a good guy from Kentucky that might win American Idol.” Noah was on fire, and it was the first indication of the night that Noah might take the crown.

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“One Day Tonight”

During the American Idol finale, Noah sang his number one single, “One Day Tonight.” The live version of the song sounded just as great as the recorded one, indicating that Noah will have success as both a live performer and a recording artist. As he performed his own song confidently on the stage, he brought Katy to tears. She told him not to stop dreaming because there was a plan for him in his life. Luke again praised Noah’s growth throughout the competition. Lionel told Noah that singers strive for hit records, but what makes a career last forever is “when people fall in love with you.” As the audience cheered for him, it was clear that they loved him. And later that night, Noah became the next American Idol.
As the winner of American Idol season 20, Noah joins an elite group of legendary singers who have made extraordinary careers for themselves. Noah is exactly the type of artist that the show was created for: a humble person from a small town looking to achieve his dream of becoming a professional singer. His body of work on the show demonstrates how following the guidance of the mentors and the judges allowed him to grow into the artist that he is today. With these incredible performances, Noah proved that he truly is the American Idol.

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