UPDATE: ABC36 chats with American Idol winner, Louisa native Noah Thompson

"I still can't find the words to express how amazing that feels," said Noah Thompson

UPDATE (5/24/22) – A Louisa native has won the latest season of American Idol, the first time a Kentuckian has claimed the title. Tuesday, Noah Thompson sat down with ABC36’s Erica Bivens virtually to talk about the journey and also, what comes next.

“I still can’t find the words to express how amazing that feels, how surreal it is still to me,” said Noah Thompson.

Thompson, still taking it all in, days after winning American Idol. Ironically, it’s a show he never planned on auditioning for.

“A buddy of mine had signed me up, so it was not my idea whatsoever,” said Thompson. “We both flew out to Austin. It was both our first plane rides and everything. So, that was a big thing for both of us.”

Another first for Thompson, being away from loved ones.

When asked what’s been the toughest thing in the whole process, Thompson says being away from family, “I felt out of place being in a place like that man. I’ve been in Kentucky my whole life.”

The strain from his family was so tremendous, Thompson says he almost considered leaving the show.

“There’s a lot of times I was like, I kind of wished I was back home working the job. Because it was almost heartache being away from everybody. But at the same time, I kept telling myself every day there’s a reason why I’m doing this,” explained Thompson.

But round after round, Thompson kept advancing.

“For some crazy reason I kept going through and it was because of all the great people voting for me,” said Thompson.

Those fans rallied behind the Louisa native every step of the way, including a welcome home parade.

“Man that was so cool, coming back home and all the support,” shared Thompson.

When asked what having that hometown support means, Thompson says, “It means the world. That shows you how much love this little town really has and how supportive everyone really is.”

While he does construction by trade, life after Idol will look a little different. Thompson explains his next step, “Hopefully start playing some shows and keep putting out some new songs.”

For those taking part in the next season of American Idol, Thompson did share some advice.

“No matter where you’re from, what you’re doing, it can happey to anybody,” said Thompson. “Not in a million years did I think I was going to win American Idol. Just go in there with your head held high and have fun with it.”



Noah Thompson from Louisa Kentucky has won the 20th season of American Idol.

The country singer defeated Huntergirl and Leah Marlene.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader, its the first time a Kentuckian has won.

The Herald Leader reports more than 16 million votes were cast throughout the country during Sunday’s finale.

Thompson’s winner’s single ‘One Day Tonight’ is now available on iTunes.


LOUISA, Ky. (WTVQ) Feb. 27, 2022 – A Kentuckian is headed to Hollywood after getting a golden ticket in his American Idol audition.

According to the Lexington Herald Leader, 19-year-old Noah Thompson from Louisa, Kentucky auditioned for the competition show and performed in the premiere episode.

The Herald Leader says Thompson’s friend from work actually recorded a video of Thompson singing and sent it in.

Thompson describes the experience as unreal.

He told the Herald Leader that the flight to Austin, Texas, was one of the most memorable parts of his “American Idol” audition experience, since it was his first plane ride.

All three judges voted ‘yes’ for Thompson, which scored him a golden ticket. He will now continue on to the next stage of the contest, and perform in Hollywood.

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