WATCH: Noah Thompson Honors His Grandma With Meaningful Performance On ‘American Idol,’ Idol Judge Says He “Nailed It”

In honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 7 American Idol contestants had the chance to take the stage to perform a song in honor of their mothers and Noah Thompson delivered a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” dedicated to his…

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Posted on May 8, 2022

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In honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 7 American Idol contestants had the chance to take the stage to perform a song in honor of their mothers and Noah Thompson delivered a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” dedicated to his Grandma, Karen, who raised him.

“I am beyond proud of Noah, from the time he was little he always loved music, I actually thought he was going to be a drummer, but kind of glad he took to the guitar,” Thompson’s Grandma shared.

The 20-year-old contestant then explained that his Grandmother is like a mother to him.

“My Grandma basically raised me, my parents had divorced, and my dad just felt that it was better for me to be with my grandma,” Thompson revealed.

His grandmother had the opportunity to visit Thompson in California and was thrilled over the chance to visit the area for the first time ever.

“This is a heck of a way to spend Mother’s Day, this is the first time I’ve been here too, so I wanted us to see this together,” Thompson said, before Karen gushed, “It is gorgeous!”

“Being a parent ain’t easy at all and she’s a wonderful mom,” Thompson admitted.

Karen went on to recall Thompson’s childhood years and how her great-grandson reminds her of him.

“I can still see that little three-year-old, dropping you off at school, I always felt so grateful, made my life better and every single way and I look at him and I’m like ‘oh my gosh!,’” his Grandma shared, referencing Thompson’s 1-year-old son, Walker.

Thompson then shared that his son is a “big part of her life.”

“She loves to watch him as much as she can. I don’t know what I would’ve done without you truthfully, I wouldn’t be the dad that I am if it wasn’t for you,” Thompson said. “It means the world to me that you’re here, so this week I’m singing ‘Landslide.’”

The Kentucky native and former construction worker also reflected on a time that he and his Grandma listened to the Fleetwood Mac hit while driving in his hometown.

“Remember that one time, we were just driving down the road listening to that song, and you started busting out crying just listening,” Thompson explained. “With this performance, I just hope to show my Grandma how much she means to me.”

“I’m so happy I get to sing this song for you, I love you so much, you mean the world to me,” Thompson said. “I hope to make my Grandma cry again.”

Performing live from his California hotel room, Thompson dedicated a special performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to his Grandma, Karen.

Following his cover of the rock hit, Idol judges gushed over his talents as they dubbed the performance one of his best yet.

“Noah, when you go to record your first record, you probably need to build a mobile studio in that room,” Luke Bryan said. ”The right vibes are happening in there. Like I said you sound great, I was telling Katy and whatever you got going on man, you look like a star in that room so great job.”

“I don’t know what has happened here, but I’m not going to wish you any bad luck, but you know when you’re sick sounding a lot better,” Lionel Richie said. ”I mean, when I say that, the believability… the growl in your voice, that texture that’s called selling man. You nailed it! I love it.”

“I think adrenaline took over Noah, and I think that you had to surrender and you just were like I got to do the best I can and you did THE BEST that you have ever done tonight in our opinion,” Katy Perry exclaimed.

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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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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