20-year-old Noah Thompson, an unassuming construction worker from the small town of Louisa, Kentucky, won Season 20.
He sang along with fellow contestants Huntergirl and Leah Marlene to crown "American Idol" in the finale.
Thompson showed up on stage for the first time wearing a suit as he performed "Stay." by Rihanna.
During the three-hour finale, Thompson also sang a powerful duet with music legend Melissa Etheridge.
Thompson was inspired to try out for the show by Arthur Johnson, a colleague and friend of Thompson's Louisa.
First audition opposite "American Idol" judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, it's been quite a journey.
For the Hollywood Week Showstopper round, he injected his country flavor into Rihanna's "Stay,".
Thompson's Homecoming was filmed by "American Idol" which appeared on Sunday's episode.