LOUISA, Ky. — On Tuesday May 17, 2022 American Idol Noah Thompson came home to an excited and hyped up crowd in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
Thompson started the homecoming with a parade through downtown Louisa at 7PM Lawrence County Judge-Executive Phil Carter escorted Noah Thompson and his grandmother Karen Preston Thompson through the parade route to the Luke Varney Jr. Memorial Stadium, Lawrence County High School Football Field in Louisa.
Thompson came on the stage with such humility and love for his fans. The huge crowd screamed and hollered “I Love You Noah” over and over again, while Thompson grabbed the mic and said “I Love You, too!!!” The love and support poured out last night for Thompson was fantastic.
Lawrence County Deputy-Judge Vince Doty presented a few items to Thompson. Doty said, “On behalf of Judge-Executive Phil Carter and the LC Fiscal Court I I present to you a Proclamation naming April 2022 as ‘Noah Thompson Month’.” Doty also presented Thompson with a street sign “Noah Thompson Lane” which is placed at the bottom of Town Hill Road, Louisa, Kentucky.
Louisa Mayor Harold Slone came on stage next to present Thompson with a “Gem of the City” award. Thompson is only, the second recipient to receive this award. Slone said, “Since our City is never closed, Slone and LC Tourism Chairman Wes Kingsmore agreed Thompson would not get a key to the city, because the city is never closed. So we decided to give Noah Thompson the “Gem of the Big Sandy Award.”
Next On stage with Thompson was his ole buddy Arthur Johnson. “Arthur signed Noah Thompson up for American Idol to begin this whole journey.” Thompson said “Show Arthur some love and appreciation.” Arthur played guitar while Thompson sang “Blue side of the Mountain” the crowd was ecstatic.
Thompson had Special Guests to sing with and last night. The first Special Guest was Kameron Marlowe who surprised Thompson when he walked out on stage. Marlowe was telling had he met Noah Thompson for the first time in Pikeville, Kentucky. Marlowe said, “Noah told me he used my song “Giving you up” at his first American Idol song to sing.” “No Way” they had a good laugh. So that is how Noah Thompson and Kameron Marlowe met.
Noah Thompson said “I love you all and this is crazy and I appreciate all of you. This has to be the craziest night of my life. Thank you to everyone coming out.” Then he sang his new single “One Day Tonight”
Thompson said, “It’s my only single” (chuckling).
Then Lawrence County’s State Senator Phillip Wheeler presented Thompson with the highest honor in the state “Kentucky Colonel Award” on behalf of the Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. Secretary of State Michael Adams spoke about Noah and former State Rep. Rocky Adkins was in attendance at Noah Thompson’s homecoming.
Next was LC Tourism Chairman Wes Kingsmore who presented Thompson with a gift on behalf of the Louisa/LC Tourism Commission and Board. A few local artisans designed the artwork which was engraved, “Noah Thompson, Louisa Proud and Congratulations.” Kingsmore said, “You’re a Kentucky Idol, and soon to be the American Idol.” The artwork was made by several local artisans.
Included in the concert was a line-up of videos acknowledging Noah Thompson’s achievements on American Idol. This list included Governor Andy Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers, local schools, WVU Assistant Coach (Safties) Dontae Wright, NFL Coach Jason Michaels and many others.
Then Sundys Best’s front singer, performed with Noah Thompson singing “Painted Blue.” The crowd exploded all evening with love and laughter for Noah Thompson to be the next American Idol. Thompson, and everyone attending his parade and free concert got to watch him perform in his home county. Thompson said, “This is all so crazy” and “This is insane” the crowd showed up and got “Wowed” by Noah Thompson last night.
Thompson’s journey on American Idol has brought him into the “TOP 3” and the American Idol “Grand Finale” will be Sunday May 22, 2022 on ABC at 8PM. The top three will each hit the Idol stage in hopes of securing America’s vote but in the end, one winner will be crowned the next American Idol.