Noah Thompson and Rock Icon Melissa Etheridge Share the Stage For Sultry Duet On ‘American Idol’ Finale

Noah Thompson, Melissa Etheridge; Photo by ABC, American Idol
Noah Thompson, Melissa Etheridge; Photo by ABC, American Idol
Noah Thompson, Melissa Etheridge; Photo by ABC, American Idol

American Idol finalist Noah Thompson and Rock icon Melissa Etheridge teamed up for a show-stopping duet during the American Idol finale on Sunday (May 22). 

The pair took the stage together to sing Etheridge’s smash hit, “I’m The Only One.” The song was originally released in 1993 but didn’t have an impact until after the success of “Come To My Window.” “I’m The Only One” was later re-released and reached No.8 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No.1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Etheridge is the sole songwriter of the song, which is her biggest hit to date.

Thompson was surprised with the opportunity to duet with Melissa Etheridge following the unveiling of Idol’s Top 3. Judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan surprised Thompson with the news that he would be performing with Etheridge.

“Noah, our friend reached out and wanted to sing with you. Her name is Melissa Etheridge,” Perry told Thompson, who replied, “Sounds good!” 

Noah Thompson, Melissa Etheridge; Photo by ABC, American Idol
Noah Thompson, Melissa Etheridge; Photo by ABC, American Idol

Earlier this month, Thompson released his debut single, “One Day Tonight.” 

Co-written by Jared Griffin, Trannie Anderson, and Brett Sheroky and produced by Jimmy Robbins, the mid-tempo track showcases the Kentucky native’s signature raspy vocals alongside pop/country vocals.

The song finds the former construction worker singing about his lover and how she dreams about their future together while sipping on wine. 

“She wants a wedding in September/ Save up all winter/ Spend our summers in a fix ‘er upper in Denver/ She wants a girl and a boy/ And a old dog named Ole Roy Lord I hope this old boy can give her that life/ So go on girl/ Pour a glass of wine/ And dream aloud, talk about/ One day tonight,” he sings on the chorus. 

The three-hour Season 20 finale of American Idol also featured performances from the Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as Thompson’s fellow finalists, HunterGirl and Leah Marlene. 

Additionally, superstars Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Michael Bublé, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes, and more also performed during the star-studded broadcast.

Several other contestants from Season 20 also returned to the Idol stage, including Mike Parker, Christian Guardino, Jay Copeland, Nicolina Bozzo, Fritz Hager, Emyrson Flora, and Lady K.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol finale aired live coast-to-coast on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c on ABC. The finale also streamed live on ABC.com and the ABC app and will be available to watch via Hulu on Monday (May 23).

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