The milestone 20th season of American Idol

The milestone 20th season of American Idol is filled with promising artists, including Noah Thompson, who became an instant fan-favorite following his memorable Idol audition.

The now 20-year-old Kentucky native and former

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

“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… 

Throughout the seaso

Throughout the season, Thompson has covered songs such as Cam’s “Burning House” and The SteelDrivers’ “Blue Side Of The Mountain.”

Katy Perry once called Thompson

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

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.”

As Noah Thompson continues

As Noah Thompson continues her American Idol journey, here are 12 fun facts about the standout contestant.

Katy Perry may have endured

Katy Perry may have endured an awkward moment with a contestant during this week's episode of American Idol, but at least she looked good while doing it.