‘American Idol’ Winner Noah Thompson Reveals What’s Next For Him: ‘I Don’t Want To Be a Pop-Country Artist’

Noah Thompson; Photo by Easton Schirra
Noah Thompson; Photo by Easton Schirra
Noah Thompson; Photo by Easton Schirra

American Idol Season 20 champion, Noah Thompson is reflecting on his Idol journey. 

The Kentucky native, who turned 20 during his time on the show, recently sat down with The Herald-Dispatch to share details about his Idol experience and reveal what’s next for him. 

Noah Thompson and Family; Photo Courtesy American Idol, ABC
Noah Thompson and Family; Photo Courtesy American Idol, ABC

Thompson admitted that his Idol journey wasn’t easy and at one point, he even contemplated leaving the show as being away from his family, including his 1-year-old son, Walker, was tough. 

“Part of me just wanted to leave the show, but I’m very glad I didn’t,” he said. 

Thompson showed his gratitude for those who encouraged him to keep going. 

Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Noah Thompson, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie; Photo by ABC, American Idol
Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Noah Thompson, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie; Photo by ABC, American Idol

“I had a lot of family and friends who uplifted me and made sure I didn’t make the wrong decision. I’m grateful for everyone around me, really,” the former construction worker shared. 

After his crowning moment and subsequent New York City press tour, which included appearances on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan, Thompson returned home to Louisa, Kentucky. 

He picked up right where he left off, reuniting with his former co-workers and even catching up on some household chores. 

So what’s next for Thompson? For now, he says, he’s taking a bit of a break with plans to lay low for the time being. He’s also planning to enjoy a Disney Cruise with this family, a perk from ABC. 

“I’m looking forward to getting out and playing show and meeting people and writing some songs – that’s what I’m working on right now,” Thompson explained. “I’m not saying I’m a good songwriter or anything, but you got to start somewhere.” 

Noah Thompson, American Idol
Noah Thompson, American Idol

During his time on American Idol, Thompson stayed true to his roots, performing songs like Cam’s “Burning House,” The SteelDrivers’ “Blue Side Of The Mountain” and Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.” 

He also threw viewers a few curve balls, specifically with his unexpected covers of Rihanna’s “Stay” and Noah Cyrus’ “July.” 

But don’t expect to hear Thompson releasing any pop-leaning music.

“I’m not trying to be a pop-country artist,” he proclaimed. “I don’t want to be a pop-country artist. That’s not me. That’s why I didn’t wear certain clothes. I still wear my boots, my blue jeans, and my flannel – that’s just me. I want to be a soulful, rock-country-type deal.” 

Thompson is scheduled to perform at Ruch & Rowdy in Rush, Kentucky on Saturday, June 18. His debut single, “One Day Tonight,” is out now.

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