In a three hour final, Noah Thompson, 19, won American Idol for the 2022 season on May 22, 2022. Thompson defeated fellow finalists Leah Marlene and HunterGirl (Hunter Wolkonowski), who attends Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Murfreesboro Presbytery) in Winchester, Tennessee. In the final, HunterGirl performed Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Dancing in the Dark” to advance with Thompson to the last round in which she performed Rascal Flatts’ “Riot.” Thompson was crowned the winner and HunterGirl was runner-up.
About Matthew Gore
Matthew H. Gore is a British journalist, historian, popular culturist, archivist, and educator residing in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the immediate past-president of the Society of Tennessee Archivists and is best known for his book The History of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Kentucky to 1988 (2000). He has also published on a variety of topics as diverse as The Origin of Marvelman (a British superhero of the 1950s and 1960s), the relative scarcity of East German philatelics, and the biography of British pulp artist, Denis McLoughlin. He is employed by the Ministry Council of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the Cumberland Presbyterian Center in Memphis, Tennessee, as editor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Magazine and as publications manager. He has been associated with both Western Kentucky University, which honored him with their James H. Poteet Award, and the University of Kentucky. He also serves as editor for all Boardman Books (Memphis, Tennessee) publications.