It is a great distance from his Jap Kentucky holler to the Hollywood stage, however lower than 4 days after successful ABC’s “American Idol,” Noah Thompson has already hightailed it again in his Kentucky dwelling along with his girlfriend Angel Dixon and their 13-month-old son Walker cooing close by.
“I’m again dwelling, lastly, That is the perfect state on earth,” Thomspon instructed The Courier Journal. “There isn’t any place like dwelling, I simply love all of Kentucky.”
And the Bluegrass State loves Thompson again.
On Might 17, 1000’s of followers got here out to have fun with a parade within the “American Idol” contestant’s honor in his hometown of Louisa, Kentucky. Folks adorned their yards with indicators created from pictures of his face, indicators hung from each retailer window and greater than 10,000 followers attended Thompson’s stay live performance that evening in his alma mater’s soccer stadium at Lawrence Nation Excessive Faculty.
Then on Sunday, when it actually counted, 16 million folks throughout the nation voted for the following “American Idol.” When host Ryan Seacrest introduced the winner was the unassuming nation singer from Kentucky, even Gov. Andy Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman shared phrases of congratulations for Thompson’s journey as he grew to become the primary Kentuckian to deliver dwelling the title.
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Truly, the 20-year-old, former building employee’s journey is one which started a few years earlier than his buddy, Arthur Johnson recorded Thompson singing and despatched the audition off to producers of the favored televised music contest.
“He’s not born to be working with us man, hanging drywall or something like that,” Johnson mentioned throughout Thompson’s “American Idol” audition.
And to be trustworthy, deep down, Thompson did suppose so, both.
Since he was sufficiently old to learn the names of the nation music legends listed on the “Nation Music Freeway” signal alongside US Route 23 Freeway close to his dwelling in Jap Kentucky, Thompson would announce to his grandmother, or whoever was within the automotive, “I’m going to be on that signal in the future,” he remembers. “I might say it on a regular basis, by no means figuring out how on this planet that might occur.”
Whereas he’ll must show his chops within the music trade earlier than he sees his identify subsequent to Larry Cordle, Ricky Skaggs, Don Rigsby, Keith Whitley and Tyler Childers on the Nation Music Freeway signal, Thompson’s win Might 22 on “American Idol” has given him an enormous leg up.
For successful Season 20 of the competitors, Thompson will obtain a $250,000 prize together with a report take care of Hollywood Data. He is additionally obtained some very nice presents from companies in Lawrence County, together with a shiny new purple pickup truck.
“I’m going to take a while to be with my household and let this all sink in after which I can not wait to get began writing a few of my very own songs, engaged on an album and getting on the market enjoying exhibits,” mentioned the “American Idol” winner. And he mentioned Kentucky followers can you wager your backside greenback he’ll carry out across the Bluegrass State when the time is correct.
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Within the meantime, Thomspon who referred to as himself “the quiet, laid again fixed” on the present, is pleased with the highlight his win has shone on Kentucky and the expertise his state has to supply.
“I can promise you there was by no means an individual who was extra terrified strolling into that audition room than I used to be,” he mentioned. “However I’m from a spot the place you don’t actually get a lot alternatives so once I entered that room I used to be fascinated about my household again dwelling and remembering what I used to be doing this for.”
To Thompson’s shock, he obtained a Golden Ticket on the conclusion of his audition and continued to obtain reward as he carried out music from artists like Harry Types, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen along with his personal nation twist for the following two months on the present.
“What folks see is simply me. I wish to put on flannel, denims and work boots,” Thompson mentioned. “I wasn’t going to alter for anyone. I wish to be who I wish to be. I simply must hope that is ok for everybody.”
Just for his ultimate tune throughout the finale did Thompson put on something apart from a flannel shirt and blue denims.
“I didn’t wish to put on it at first, I did not really feel prefer it was me,” he mentioned. “However in hindsight, I do know carrying that go well with was a good suggestion.”
Katy Perry, a choose on “American Idol” thought the go well with was a good suggestion too.
“How dare you put on that go well with,” Perry gushed after Thompson carried out “Keep” by Rihanna. “Put on that go well with and sing that tune.”
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Earlier than coming into “American Idol,” Thompson labored for the corporate Dependancy Restoration Care within the building division. Whereas not in restoration himself, Thompson spent two years attending to know many colleagues on his building crew who’re in restoration.
“Oh man, I actually favored working with all of them,” Thompson mentioned. “I look as much as each one among them boys, most of them are recovering addicts who’ve turned their lives round.”
Thompson hopes his journey on “American Idol” will assist give his coworkers — and others — the area to dream.
“These guys all knew how scared I used to be going into this competitors,” he instructed The Courier Journal. “And now, with all this taking place, I hope they see that something actually, actually, actually is feasible.”
Attain Kirby Adams at [email protected] or Twitter @kirbylouisville.
5 questions with ‘American Idol’ winner Noah Thompson
From the perfect place to experience a bike to that good-looking black go well with he wore within the finale of “American Idol,” listed below are 5 issues Kentucky native and winner of Season 20 of “American Idol” Noah Thompson likes greatest on the planet.
Courier Journal: What’s your favourite coloration?
Noah Thompson: Positively blue
Courier Journal: What’s your favourite meal?
Thompson: My grandma’s biscuits and gravy
Courier Journal: The black go well with “American Idol” choose Katy Perry favored you carrying a lot within the finale, did you get to maintain it?
Thompson: Sure I did.
Courier Journal: What sort of bike do you experience?
Thompson: It is a Honda Shadow
Courier Journal: What makes using your Honda Shadow in Jap Kentucky higher than wherever else?
Thompson: I’ve grown up right here my complete life and there’s no place on earth like Jap Kentucky. The quiet, the peacefulness, the fantastic thing about this place, nothing can evaluate.
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