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Louisa hosts celebration for ‘hometown hero’ Noah Thompson ahead of American Idol finale

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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 4:50 PM EDT
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LOUISA, Ky. (WYMT) - While Kentuckians are out showing support for candidates in the primary election, a lot of people in Louisa are showing up to support a hometown hero.

In preparation for the “American Idol” finale, friends and family of Noah Thompson hosted a homecoming celebration as part of the Final Three episode that will air Sunday.

“We all love Noah. I never watched American Idol until Noah came on American Idol,” said Clara Smith, who lives in Lawrence County. “And then people told me he was from Louisa so me and my husband just watched every episode that he’s been on.”

The parade took place at in downtown Louisa starting at 7:00 p.m. with hundreds of people lining the streets.

Many of the people we spoke with came from Tennessee, West Virginia and Indiana.

“I’m coming from Indianapolis, Indiana because I’ve been a Noah Thompson fan since day one,” said Ron Miller. “Primarily because I’m 70 years old and he is the grandson I’ve never had.”

“My husband, he is currently deployed in Africa, and they livestream with me Sunday nights to watch Noah. Just specifically for Noah,” said April McQueen who drove in from Barbourville.

Following the parade, Thompson and his entourage made their way to the Lawrence County High School Football Field for a concert.

For some concert goers, no trip was too far to see Thompson.

“I’m originally from Johnson County,” said Tess Talley. “I have lived in West Texas for the last nine years and I have come to support Noah Thompson.”

Organizers announced on stage that about 5,000 people attended.

“Louisa’s never seen the capacity that this..I mean this is insane,” said Gina Adams of Shelbyville. “We’ve never seen these crowds like this.”

“This is insane we’ve never had this many people here and we’re just so blessed to have everyone here,” added a few Lawrence County High School Students. “We’re so proud of him. We’re proud to be from Louisa where he’s from.”

Even a friend of Thompson’s was blown away by the level of community support.

“It’s crazy to see this many people come out to support Noah,” said Kyler Whitt. “He has worked really hard. He’s doing really good and he’s really trying to impress and make a good impression on the people in Eastern Kentucky.”

Thompson was joined by Kameron Marlowe and Kris Bentley who is part of the country duo Sundy Best.

Thompson’s friends will hold a watch party in Louisa at The Garden Theatre on Sunday.

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