The Singing Barber, Noah Peters, Wows With One-Of-A-Kind American Idol Audition

Peters performed two country hits and gave an American Idol alum a haircut!


Lauren Jo Black

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February 24, 2024

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Noah Peters, The Singing Barber – Colin Stough; Photos Courtesy Of American Idol

The singing barber, Noah Peters, has made his way from TikTok to American Idol and his audition stands out as one of the most unique in the show’s history.

Where Is The Singing Barber From?

When introducing himself, the viral barber from Benton, Tenn. revealed he’s the only barber in his town and that he runs his very own shop. 

Noah Peters, THe Singing Barber; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless
Noah Peters, The Singing Barber; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

Known as “the singing barber,” Peters has gone viral on TikTok with his performances, including one with a young boy where they performed Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl Shake It For Me.” 

“[It] used to be just me singing, getting on people’s nerves, but now people come in just to hear me sing at the barbershop. It means a lot to me,” the contestant shared. “Ever since I was a child, I have dreamed of getting a golden ticket on American Idol. So getting to bring that back and frame it in my barbershop, it would mean the world to me.” 

The Singing Barber Nails His American Idol Audition

It looks like his dreams are coming true because Peters’ audition more than won over the judges. Performing the Rascal Flatts hit “I Won’t Let Go,” the Tennessee native put his flawless vocals on display while accompanied by a guitar player.   

Noah Peters, THe Singing Barber; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless
Noah Peters, The Singing Barber; Photo by Disney/Eric McCandless

He immediately earned praise from the judges panel as they clapped after his performance. Bryan could be heard saying, “There you go, singing with ease!” 

Things then got interesting as Katy Perry questioned, “Don’t you feel a little naked,” referring to the fact that he’s used to singing while cutting someone’s hair.

“Yes, I do,” Peters admitted, adding “I’m used to walking around the whole time.” 

“Do you think you’d sing better if you could give a haircut right now,” she asked him. 

Peters confessed, “I definitely would.” 

Next thing you know, a barber chair is being wheeled onto the American Idol set as well as a cat full of supplies. 

Noah Peters, The Singing Barber with Colin Stough
Noah Peters, The Singing Barber with Colin Stough

Whose Hair Does The Singing Barber Cut On American Idol?

Host Ryan Seacrest happens to find someone who “could use a cut right now” – former American Idol finalist, Colin Stough

Much to Peters’ surprise, Stough walks onto the set 

Bryan shouts, “Oh my God” at the sight of Stough and later jokes, “You do need a haircut!” 

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Colin proceeds to take a seat in the barber chair and after securing the barber’s cape, he asks Peters, “So I take it You can sing and cut?”

What Song Did The Singing Barber Sing With Colin Stough?

The Idol hopeful promises to sing and cut as long as Stough sings with him. He happily obliges and they go on to perform a duet of  “Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton while Peter trims up his hair.  

Noah Peters, The Singing Barber with Colin Stough
Noah Peters, The Singing Barber with Colin Stough

After Stough left the set, Noah Peters prepared to learn the outcome of his audition. 

Perry was the first to offer feedback. “I think that when I heard you sing just a little bit of ‘Broken Halos,’ when you were cutting, you were kind of not thinking about it and it was oozing out of you. I really want you to visualize that when you sing… that you’re just back at the shop just giving a trim. I just don’t want you to overthink. You’ve got some sweetness to your voice, some soul, some purity. But it’s definitely going to need a blunt edge here and there. Okay? Or some layers. Either way, it’s going to need some chip chop.” 

Lionel Richie told him, “Don’t get psyched out. You have a quality in your voice. That’s fantastic. But more importantly, relax. I know that’s hard to say. Trust in who you are and what you sound like. You stay true to your lane. And you’ll be onto something.

Noah Peters, The Singing Barber; Photo Courtesy of American Idol, ABC
Noah Peters, The Singing Barber; Photo Courtesy of American Idol, ABC

Did The Singing Barber Make It To Hollywood On American Idol?

Bryan didn’t offer feedback and instead, prompted the panel to vote. Ultimately, Noah Peters earned a “yes” from all three judges, securing his dream of a golden ticket to Hollywood. 

“I’ve never shook while cutting hair before, but it happened today. I’m so excited. I now get to put Colin Stough on my client list. Today was amazing,” he said with a smile. 

The singer later added, “When you’re from a small town and nothing really happens, singing in front of big stars is a whole nother ball game for me. My life’s going to change is pretty nerve-wracking. But I’m so excited for this!”

American Idol airs on Sunday 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.