As he introduced himself to the American Idol judges, 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux told them he was ready for Idol. Sorry, kid, but I beg to differ.
Don’t get me wrong, readers, I liked him as much as the rest of you. He gave a nice performance of Otis Redding’s Dock Of The Bay. It was tuneful, and a decent song choice….but I think if I’d been on that panel I’d have told him to come back when he’s a bit older. 15’s a bit young to begin with. Cast your mind back to the youngest finalists last year – Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens were slightly older and even they had trouble convincing the audience.
And that’s my problem with Jacee – he’s a sweet kid, but I don’t think he’s got the confidence to hold a stage or even inspire the nation to vote for him. I’m simply not feeling it.
As for the judges, they were quite positive with him and sent him on to Hollywood, deaf to my criticisms. Damn them.
- Jennifer Lopez: You are so sweet and so cute! Your voice is really really beautiful.
- Steven Tyler: And the sparkle in your eye is like “forget about it”… Looking at you sing and then closing my eyes, in and of itself, was a work of art, a thing of beauty. You sing so good.
Jacee Badeaux – Fast Facts
- Age: 15
- From: Lafayette, LA
- Occupation: Student
- Audition song: (Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay