Noah Thompson delivers an emotional ‘cover me up’

If fans don’t remember Noah Thompson’s Top 14 performance on american idol in the future, he will certainly do so.

The country singer and former Kentucky construction worker celebrated his 20th birthday on the latest episode of the reality TV singing competition, which aired Monday night (April 18). That’s not all he celebrated, however. During the two-hour, long-running telecast Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Thompson was safe from elimination.

To cement his spot in the Top 14, Thompson powered through a heartfelt rendition of Jason Isbell’s original song “Cover Me Up,” made famous by Morgan Wallen. He leaned into his emotional side for the performance, strumming on guitar and displaying his gritty vocals while being backed by a full band.

Thompson’s latest song choice surprised viewers somewhat, as he took the approach of turning pop songs into country songs for his previous performances. For his Top 20 performance, he put his southern accent on Harry Styles’ “Falling.” Prior to that, he delivered a solid version of Rihanna’s “Stay.” Nonetheless, her debut in “Cover Me Up” was strong enough to earn plenty of cheers from the live studio audience and judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Since her journey began in season 20 of american idol, Thompson shared that her son, Walker, is her motivation to pursue her dreams. In recent episodes, he told viewers that he was vying for the win because he wanted a better life for his child and didn’t want to feel like he had to struggle to provide for his little boy.

Thompson is currently in contention for the grand prize along with fellow Top 14 contenders Emyrson Flora, Mike Parker, Tristen Gressett, Jay, Nicolina, Dan Marshall, Ava Maybee, Allegra Miles, HunterGirl, Leah Marlene, Christian Guardino, Lady K and Fritz Hager. The two-hour telecast marked the end of the road for Jacob Moran, Sage McNeely, Elli Rowe, Katyrah Love, Cameron Whitcomb and Cadence Baker.

american idol airs Sundays and Mondays on ABC.

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