WATCH: ‘American Idol’ Contestant Noah Thompson Delivers His Best Performance Yet … From His Hotel Room!

After making his way into the Top 7 on American Idol, Noah Thompson was ready for a chance to advance…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 8, 2022


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Noah Thompson; Photo via American Idol

After making his way into the Top 7 on American Idol, Noah Thompson was ready for a chance to advance into the Top 5 with a performance of a viral TikTok hit on American Idol on Sunday evening. 

Ahead of his performance, the Kentucky native sat down with the show’s superstar mentor, Will.I.Am. 

“Did you ever think you’d make it this far in the show?” Will.I.Am asked Thompson, to which he replied, “no not at all. My buddy literally signed me up for this show as a literal joke.”

“Sometimes jokes turn out to a whole bunch of truths,” the superstar mentor told him, 

Thompson admitted that he’s not an avid social media user, so the decision to perform a song from TikTok did not come easy. 

“I’m not very good with social media at all, Arthur’s not very good at it either, now this song that I’m playing is the song that he posted of me,” Thompson shared. ”Somebody actually commented on it and said I should sing it on Idol. I’m still learning how all that stuff works, I’m still not sure what hashtags are even for, I don’t even know.”

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Will.I.Am complimented Thompson’s vocals during their mentoring session and also offered up some constructive criticism.  

“What I liked about Noah is that you can tell he is singing for something, but when he sung it I didn’t believe it. Is there something in your life that connects with the sentiment of that song?” Will.I.Am asked.

“Yeah, I’ve had ups and downs,” Thompson replied, before Will.I.Am told him to emphasize the emotion within his performance. 

Performing from his hotel room in California, Thompson sang Sundy Best’s viral TikTok tune “Painted Blue.”

His virtual performance earned a standing ovation from the Idol judges.  

“Well done!” Lionel Richie shouted. 

“Noah, so, American Idol is so good at finding stars. They’re stars whether they’re on the stage or they’re stars sitting in a hotel room with COVID. Great, great, great job. How are you feeling, you feeling okay?” Luke Bryan asked. 

“Yeah, I’m getting by man, It kind of sucks. This is my first time getting COVID, so, I’m getting through it though,” Thompson revealed.  

“Feel better and listen, for anybody here in the room, one of your best performances we’ve heard,” Bryan added as Katy Perry chimed in shouting “Yes!”

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.