Jacee Badeaux is sittin' pretty on the dock of the bay.
Lafayette has good reason to watch the new season of American Idol. Last night Jacee Badeaux, a sophomore in Lafayette High's Performing Arts Academy, made the cut in the New Orleans auditions with a splendid rendition of "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay." And if you watch Idol, you know the auditions are typically a capella. Pure talent. And he's only 15.
In its 10th season, the popular show, which airs Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX, now features two new judges, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, and multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steven Tyler, the frontman of Aerosmith. They join returning Idol judge Randy Jackson, a Baton Rouge native who was right at home for the New Orleans auditions, where the show - to no one's surprise - unearthed impressive talent. Jacee, in particular, clearly moved each judge and was easily sent on to the finals in Hollywood.
Keep up the good work, Jacee. We'll be watching.