Noah Thompson, a 19-year-old construction worker from Louisa, Kentucky, attempted Cam’s “Burning House.” american idol and eventually earned a place in the next round of the competition.
Thompson, who was forced to audition american idol by a colleague who genuinely believed in his musical talent, performed the platinum-selling country song after taking advice from Idol graduate Lauren Alaina.
He also got a chance to speak to fellow colleague and best friend Arthur, who encouraged him to audition for the show.
“Just a few months ago I could never have imagined doing something like this,” Thompson admitted before his performance. “If it weren’t for Arthur, I would never have signed up for this show.”
The Kentucky native then shared that his inspiration to continue competing is not only his longtime friend but also his young son.
“I have a little boy, he just turned 7 months old. I recently became a dad, my little boy, he’s my aspiration after all,” Thompson shared. “I’m blown away that I’m even here, this could give me an opportunity to give my son a whole new life, a better life.”
After his performance, Thompson took to social media to celebrate promotion to the next round at Idol.
“I made it to the next round! If you thought this round was intense, you won’t believe it #duets!” wrote Thompson. “Tune in next Sunday and Monday @American Idol to see who makes it #HollywoodWeek and into the #Up24! Wish me luck!! 🤞#american idol”
Thompson previously impressed idol Richter with his audition where he performed Kameron Marlowe’s “Giving You Up”. His audition was so impressive it was praised by Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
“You have a real, storytelling, badass voice,” Richie gushed at the time.
“You guys are the American Dream,” Perry added.
“You’re the reason this job is so cool,” Bryan gushed. “We’re really, really excited to have you here.”
After his audition, Kameron surprised Marlowe Thompson with a FaceTime call to celebrate earning a golden ticket and stepping up to Hollywood.
“I wanted to offer Noah the same kind of [experience] that Luke offered me and I just told him to keep making music and keep writing and keep going in this crazy business that we’re in,” Marlowe said recently music chaos.
American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c EST on ABC.