Thompson took home the top awards on Sunday night after his best friend invited him to take part in the competition.

Louisville, Kentucky – From blueberry to Hollywood, Kentucky native Noah Thompson was crowned this year’s American idol.

From the day his friend pushed him to audition for the show, Thompson impressed the judges week after week with his soulful country vocals and southern charm.

Thompson sang a grand finale, making a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s song “I’m on Fire” and even singing “I’m The Only One” with the legendary Melissa Etheridge.

He also debuted his new single “One Day Tonight”.

When presenter Ryan Seacrest declared Thompson the winner, he said “his heart was pounding.”

In addition to winning at American Idol, he also signs a record deal and gets a chance to go on a cruise on Disney’s brand new cruise liner “Wish”.

More than 16 million people voted during the final on Sunday night.

Special performances by Earth, Wind and Fire, Carrie Underwood and Flo Rida were presented in the grand finale of American Idol.

You can listen to Noah Thompson’s first single right here.

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