WATCH: Kentucky construction worker Noah Thompson celebrates two milestones with ‘Cover Me Up’ performance on ‘American Idol’
Noah Thompson celebrated two milestones on Monday night (April 18) when he secured a spot in american idol‘s Top 10 for its 20th anniversary.
Dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans, the fan-favorite contestant then delivered an impressive performance of “Cover Me Up”, a song originally written and recorded by Jason Isbell in 2013, which was later made famous by Morgan Wallen.
“Cover Me Up” is featured on Isbell’s Grammy-winning album, South East. Wallen first covered the song in 2018, then recorded it for his record-breaking sophomore project, Dangerous: the double album.
The Kentucky native played acoustic guitar throughout his performance and was accompanied by a band. The other contestants watched from the side stage.
“I’m at a loss for words, I’m just grateful,” Thompson said at the end of her performance.
The 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 have a real life, voice that tells stories,” Richie told her at the time. “It’s believable. I don’t know what you expected… I know you didn’t expect this. That’s why I said it.
Throughout the season, Thompson covered songs such as “Burning House” by Cam and “Blue Side Of The Mountain” by The SteelDrivers.
Katy Perry once called Thompson “the American dream”, while Luke Bryan later said that Thompson “could win all the competition” after praising the “magical quality” he has “on the way”. [his] voice.”
Thompson also wowed the Idol & America judges with country renditions of pop hits like Noah Cyrus’ “July,” Rihanna’s “Stay” and Harry Styles’ “Falling.”
The 20-year-old is the father of a young son named Walker and has previously shared how his son and his father inspire him to carry on.
“As a child I was just always around the music, my dad gave me his guitar. Dad showed me the simplest chords and I kind of took off,” Thompson recalled. really being in music was also his dream. That’s kind of the point of my being here, for my dad. I wanted to do it almost for both of us.
“[My dad] obviously believes me, but I’ve never believed in myself, so for me to have come this far, it’s definitely a confidence booster. I want it to be something that me and [my son] Walker could also do together,” he added. “I think he’s probably going to have a voice over him, he’s got a hell of a screaming voice for sure.”
Although he previously confessed that he didn’t expect to get this far in the competition, but is “grateful”, Thompson hopes to continue this journey as he believes it could offer him and to his son, “a completely different life”.
Thompson’s best friend Arthur encouraged him to audition for the show after hearing him sing while working on construction sites.
Following the Top 10 announcement, the Idol judges will have the opportunity to save four contestants who were unsuccessful. The remaining 14 contestants will have the opportunity to receive advice from Idol alum Gabby Barrett when american idol returns on Sunday, April 24.