American Idol 2011: Jacee Badeaux

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

  1. Age: 15
  2. From: Lafayette, LA
  3. Occupation: Student 
  4. Audition song(Sittin On) The Dock Of The Bay 

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  1. canadiangal

    I think you’re right!  Fifteen is too young for this type of competition and I don’t think this kid (who is pretty good) will make it through Hollywood.  Maybe the judges just want to give him the Hollywood “experience” and will advise him to try out again in 2 or 3 years.

    1. Gerard McGarry

      I hope so. I hate to be negative about a child’s performance, obviously, but I also don’t like the idea of them going through before they’re ready and exhausting their chance.

      I didn’t think last night’s episode was quite as exciting as the launch show though – judges being potentially too nice, and also putting through some vocalists that I certainly classed as mediocre. What did you think of the talent?

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