Noah Thompson hasn’t even had time to sit down and eat since he won “American Idol.” Let alone check his phone. The 20-year-old construction worker from Louisa, Kentucky, has an interview with “Good Morning America” in New York on Monday morning. This means that as soon as he leaves the “Idol” stage, he is rushed to the airport to catch a 10 p.m. “red-eye” flight.
Thompson, who grew up in a small town and had never been on an airplane until his “Idol” audition in Austin, has a lot to think about.
“Honestly, man, I was kind of numb,” Thompson tells USA TODAY over the phone while eating pizza in the car an hour after Sunday’s finale. “It really shocked me. I didn’t know what to think or feel. This show could have been won by anyone, do you know what I mean? I just couldn’t believe it was me.”
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Noah Thompson and Huntergirl give a country showdown for the ages in the Top 2 of the final episode of “American Idol.” Thompson says that before “Idol,” he had a “simple life.” He worked in construction and took care of his 1-year-old son, Walker. He didn’t want to be on “Idol,” but his coworker Arthur signed him up without telling him.
“I just got shoved into this competition basically by my buddy, but I’m grateful for it,” he says. “I just didn’t expect this outcome at all. After Top 3 was when it really hit me.” When they were framing a wall at a school for work, Arthur told Thompson about “Idol,” but Thompson said he wasn’t interested. Thompson was lucky that Arthur didn’t take “no” for an answer and still signed him up.