Noah Thompson; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC
Noah Thompson; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

Kentucky’s Lawrence County Honors ‘American Idol’ Contestant Noah Thompson With Appreciation Month

Noah Thompson is making his hometown proud with his American Idol success, so much so, that Lawrence County in Kentucky is honoring the Louisa native for his achievements on the popular singing competition show.

Earlier this month, Lawrence County Judge-Executive Phillip L. Carter issued a proclamation, deeming April 2022 as Noah Thompson Appreciation Month after Thompson was voted into Idol’s Top 14.

“I hereby Proclaim that April 2022 be held as Noah Thompson Appreciate Month,” Carter’s proclamation began. “During his time on American Idol Noah Thompson has not only just shown his ability as a singer, he has been a shining light on Lawrence County with his character.”

“Noah Thompson represents Lawrence County with a sincere politeness and humbleness that speaks volumes to the rest of America. Congratulations on making it to the final Top 14. You make Lawrence County proud,” Carter’s proclamation concluded.

READ: Who Is Noah Thompson? 12 Fun Facts About The Standout ‘American Idol’ Contestant

The now 20-year-old Kentucky native and former construction worker auditioned for the show with Kameron Marlowe’s “Giving You Up,” which earned recognition from Marlowe and praise from Lionel Richie.

“You got a real-life, story-telling, badass voice,” Richie told him at the time. “It’s believable. I don’t know what you were expecting… I know you weren’t expecting that. That’s why I said it.”

Throughout the season, Thompson has been labeled a standout contestant, earned praise from the Idol judges and has covered songs such as Cam’s “Burning House,” The SteelDrivers’ “Blue Side Of The Mountain” and more recently Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up.”

Katy Perry once called Thompson “the American Dream,” while Luke Bryan later declared Thompson “might win the whole competition” after he praised the “magic quality” he has “going on in [his] voice.”

Thompson has also impressed the Idol judges and America with countrified renditions of pop hits such as Noah Cyrus’ “July,” Rihanna’s “Stay,” and Harry Styles’ “Falling.”

He recently admitted that he never in a million years thought he would’ve made it this far in the competition.

“Just a few months ago, I could never imagine pursuing something like this, If it weren’t for Arthur, I wouldn’t have ever signed up for this show. I would’ve never had the confidence. It’s pretty cool to know somebody believes in you more than you believe in yourself,” Thompson said.

Noah Thompson continues to be a standout contestant on American Idol, which returns on Sunday, April 24, at 8/7c on ABC.

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