American Idol winner Noah Thompson is the latest to shine on Country Music Highway | News

The Country Music Highway has a newcomer on the road to stardom.

Noah Thompson, the country singer from Louisa, Kentucky, became the first Kentuckian to capture “American Idol” on Sunday night.

Thompson won the season 20 crown after beating Huntergirl and Leah Marlene in live voting on Sunday. Earlier in the week, his hometown of Louisa celebrated, and Thompson performed at the Lawrence County High School football field.

Her high school graduation didn’t have a crowd at all, let alone one the size of her welcome home parade, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he came up with an interesting classmate.

“He graduated here the same year we graduated Ricky Skaggs,” said Lawrence County Schools Superintendent Robbie Fletcher.

Lawrence County alumni Tyler Childers and Larry Cordle also played a part in the ceremony.

Thompson is set to add to the many country artists who hail from the area, from Loretta Lynn to Billy Ray Cyrus, The Judds to Chris Stapleton and so on.

Thompson impressed the judges with her country voice throughout the season.

Over 16 million votes were cast during the broadcast.

The three finalists started the show by each performing a song from the music of Bruce Springsteen – Thompson choosing “I’m On Fire”.

Judge Katy Perry told Thompson that he “stepped in and grabbed all the hearts of America singing this song.” Echoing a comment he made earlier in the season, fellow judge Luke Bryan said Thompson was “the king of ‘aw shucks’.”

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