Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Thompson wins American Idol!

Lawrence County native Noah Thompson is taking home the grand prize!

Thompson won American Idol’s 20th season.

This makes him the first American Idol winner from Eastern Kentucky.

A watch party was held Sunday night in Louisa at The Garden Theater. 

That is where Thompson first found out he would audition for American Idol. One of his friends convinced him to go on the show.

The Lawrence County native built a dedicated following, starting with his neighbors in Louisa.

Lawrence County Tourism officials said people know Louisa now, with many being there since the homecoming party.

Sunday night, Thompson competed in the Top 3 for a shot at winning a large crash prize and a life-changing record deal.

Noah Thompson’s American Idol journey may be finished, but the start of his career begins with the fans.