Noah Thompson is the next big thing in country music, thanks to American Idol. The Kentucky native was crowned the American Idol season 20 winner over HunterGirl during the grand finale on May 22. Nearly 16 million votes were cast, and America chose Noah as their new winner!
So, who is Noah Thompson? From his family to how he ended up auditioning for Idol, HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 things you should know about Noah.
1. Noah won ‘American Idol’ season 20.
Noah now joins the long list of American Idol champions. The country singer was named the season 20 winner during the May 22 finale. Noah was in the top 3 alongside HunterGirl and Leah Marlene. Season 20 ended up with two country artists in the final 2, with Leah coming in third place.
During the finale, Noah got the chance to perform alongside country icon Melissa Etheridge and performed Rihanna’s “Stay,” the song that proved a turning point for Noah during Hollywood Week.
2. Noah’s best friend pushed him to audition.
His co-worker, Arthur, actually urged Noah to try out for American Idol. Arthur was the one who signed up and recorded Noah for the “Idol Across America” virtual audition. Noah admitted he would have never signed himself up for Idol because he’s never had confidence in himself. Arthur’s hunch paid off in a major way for Noah!
2. Noah is a construction worker.
Prior to American Idol, Noah lived and worked in Louisa, Kentucky. He worked in construction doing remodeling, finish work, and more. “My favorite part is probably the people I work with,” Noah said in his introduction video.
3. Noah has a son.
Noah revealed to Lauren Alaina during Hollywood Week that he recently welcomed a son with his girlfriend, Angel. “I have a little boy. He just turned 7-months,” Noah explained. “I recently became a dad. My little boy, he’s my strive for all this. Blows my mind that I’m even here, this could give me the opportunity to give my son an entire new life, a better life.”
5. Noah has original music.
Over a year ago, Noah revealed two original songs on his YouTube channel. The songs are titled “Pedestal” and “Hearts Painted Black.” He recently released the single “One Day Tonight.”