Noah Thompson’s Fate On ‘American Idol’ Revealed Following Heartfelt Tribute To His Grandmother

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 7 American Idol contestants had the chance to take the stage to perform…


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May 8, 2022


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In honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 7 American Idol contestants had the chance to take the stage to perform a song in honor of their mothers and Noah Thompson delivered a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” dedicated to his Grandma, Karen, who raised him. 

“I am beyond proud of Noah, from the time he was little he always loved music, I actually thought he was going to be a drummer, but kind of glad he took to the guitar,” Thompson’s Grandma shared.

The 20-year-old contestant then explained that his Grandmother is like a mother to him.

“My Grandma basically raised me, my parents had divorced, and my dad just felt that it was better for me to be with my grandma,” Thompson revealed. 

His grandmother had the opportunity to visit Thompson in California and was thrilled over the chance to visit the area for the first time ever. 

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“This is a heck of a way to spend Mother’s Day, this is the first time I’ve been here too, so I wanted us to see this together,” Thompson said, before Karen gushed, “It is gorgeous!”

“Being a parent ain’t easy at all and she’s a wonderful mom,” Thompson admitted. 

Karen went on to recall Thompson’s childhood years and how her great-grandson reminds her of him. 

“I can still see that little three-year-old, dropping you off at school, I always felt so grateful, made my life better and every single way and I look at him and I’m like ‘oh my gosh!,’” his Grandma shared, referencing Thompson’s 1-year-old son, Walker.

Thompson then shared that his son is a “big part of her life.”

“She loves to watch him as much as she can. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you truthfully, I wouldn’t be the dad that I am if it wasn’t for you,” Thompson said. “It means the world to me that you’re here, so this week I’m singing ‘Landslide.’”

The Kentucky native and former construction worker also reflected on a time that he and his Grandma listened to the Fleetwood Mac hit while driving in his hometown. 

Noah Thompson; Photo via American Idol
Noah Thompson; Photo via American Idol

“Remember that one time, we were just driving down the road listening to that song, and you started busting out crying just listening,” Thompson explained. “With this performance, I just hope to show my Grandma how much she means to me.”

“I’m so happy I get to sing this song for you, I love you so much, you mean the world to me,” Thompson said. “I hope to make my Grandma cry again.”

Performing live from his California hotel room, Thompson dedicated a special performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to his Grandma, Karen.

Following his cover of the rock hit, Idol judges gushed over his talents as they dubbed the performance one of his best yet.

“Noah, when you go to record your first record, you probably need to build a mobile studio in that room,” Luke Bryan said. ”The right vibes are happening in there. Like I said you sound great, I was telling Katy and whatever you got going on man, you look like a star in that room so great job.”

“I don’t know what has happened here, but I’m not going to wish you any bad luck, but you know when you’re sick sounding a lot better,” Lionel Richie said. ”I mean, when I say that, the believability… the growl in your voice, that texture that’s called selling man. You nailed it! I love it.”

“I think adrenaline took over Noah, and I think that you had to surrender and you just were like I got to do the best I can and you did THE BEST that you have ever done tonight in our opinion,” Katy Perry exclaimed. 

Noah Thompson ultimately earned a spot in the Top 5 and will soon be mentored by American Idol alum and country superstar, Carrie Underwood.

American Idol airs on Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.