The ‘American Idol’ winner is no surprise. There’s a reason for that. Image without a caption

During the Season 20 premiere of “American Idol” in February, 23-year-old country singer HunterGirl impressed the judges

“This is my fifth year doing this, and that is my favorite female country voice I’ve heard in five years,” Luke Bryan announced after HunterGirl’s first audition, asking,

Fellow judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry also lavished praise on HunterGirl throughout the season, repeatedly telling her that she was a star.

And yet, even with HunterGirl (real name: Hunter Wolkonowski) as an obvious favorite, Thompson’s victory was not surprising.

Neither is one of the reasons for his win: Bryan may have thought it was the year of the country girl, but on “American Idol,” 

Thompson is now the fourth consecutive male “Idol” champion who is also a country singer, following Trent Harmon (Season 15), Laine Hardy (Season 17) and Chayce Beckham (Season 19).

The only female country singer winner in “Idol” history is Carrie Underwood, who was named the winner in Season 4 nearly two decades ago.

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