PHOTOS: Thousands Welcome ‘American Idol’s’ Noah Thompson Home To Louisa, Kentucky with Parade and Concert

American Idol Top 3 finalist Noah Thompson returned to his hometown on Tuesday evening (May 17) for the first time…

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 18, 2022

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Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography

American Idol Top 3 finalist Noah Thompson returned to his hometown on Tuesday evening (May 17) for the first time in two months. The small town of Louisa, Kentucky welcomed him home in a big way with a parade and a massive free concert.

Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography
Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography

“I’ve been gone for two months and there’s just no place like home,” Thompson told WCHS News. “This is where my heart is, this is where my people are and I’m just excited for everybody because this is a big deal for everyone, not just myself.”

Dozens of homemade signs, banners and shirts were seen along the parade route as Thompson drove by in a convertible surrounded by police cars and fire trucks. 

At 8:30 PM, following a parade that went throughout the city of Louisa, thousands of fans piled into the football stadium at Thompson’s alma mater, Lawrence County High School, to celebrate his homecoming with a free concert. The high school football stadium is the largest venue in Lawrence county.

The former construction worker was surprised during the show by one of his musical heroes Kameron Marlowe, who previously contacted him following his Idol audition where Thompson sang Marlowe’s debut single, “Giving You Up.”

Thompson and Marlowe then performed “Giving You Up” together as a duet, which was certainly a dream come true and full-circle moment for the Idol finalist.

Kameron Marlowe, Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography
Kameron Marlowe, Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography

The 20-year-old previously told Music Mayhem that Marlowe calling him after his audition “was and always will be one of the coolest things that’s ever happened” to him. 

“I look at him and his songs… He’s an inspiration to me. So for him to reach out, because he didn’t have to do that at all, for him to reach out and say what he said, I just thought that was really one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me.”

Marlowe, who also recently spoke with Music Mayhem, said he wanted to offer Thompson the same full-circle moment he received from Luke Combs when he auditioned for season 15 of The Voice with Combs’ chart-topping hit, “One Number Away.”

“I wanted to offer Noah the same kind of [experience] that Luke offered me, and I just told him to keep pursuing music and to keep writing and keep journeying on in this crazy business that we’re in,” Marlowe said.

During the homecoming concert, Thompson also performed Sundy Best’s “Painted Blue” with the band’s singer, Nick Jamerson. Additionally, the 20-year-old delivered the first live performance of his debut single, “One Day Tonight.”

Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com

Also during the event, Thompson was surprised with the news that a road was being named in his honor and received a proclamation deeming April 2022 Noah Thompson Appreciation Month. 

Last month, Lawrence County Judge-Executive Phillip L. Carter issued the proclamation after Thompson was voted into the Top 14 on Idol.

“During his time on American Idol Noah Thompson has not only just shown his ability as a singer, he has been a shining light on Lawrence County with his character,” Carter said at the time. “Noah Thompson represents Lawrence County with a sincere politeness and humbleness that speaks volumes to the rest of America. Congratulations on making it to the final Top 14. You make Lawrence County proud.”

Proclamation

Following the proclamation, Thompson told Music Mayhem that he was left speechless after receiving the high honor in his hometown.

“I didn’t even know what to say when I seen that. That’s kind of, that’s just hard to believe. I didn’t expect that, whatsoever. So, that’s crazy. I don’t know. It just… That shows you right there how supportive everybody truly is. How really, truly, supportive, everybody is.”

Throughout the milestone 20th season of American Idol, Thompson performed covers of songs such as Cam’s “Burning House,” The SteelDrivers’ “Blue Side Of The Mountain” Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up, Sundy Best’s “Painted Blue,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.”

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

Katy Perry once called Thompson “the American Dream,” while Luke Bryan later declared Thompson “might win the whole competition” after he praised the “magic quality” he has “going on in [his] voice.”

Thompson has also impressed the Idol judges and America with countrified renditions of pop hits such as Noah Cyrus’ “July,” Rihanna’s “Stay,” Harry Styles’ “Falling,” Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and John Mayer’s “Heartbreak Warfare“.”

He also performed a cover of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” from the popular Disney film, Toy Story.

Additionally, Thompson recently shared his debut single, ”One Day Tonight.”

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Thompson’s homecoming was filmed by Idol producers for the hometown segment that will appear in this Sunday’s episode of Idol. 

The three-hour season finale of American Idol airs on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c on ABC.

See more photos from Noah Thompson’s homecoming…

Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography - www.betsylynnphotography.com
Noah Thompson Homecoming; Photo by Betsy Lynn Photography – www.betsylynnphotography.com
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Lauren Jo Black

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.