VIDEO: Jacee Badeaux Shines During Hollywood Group Week On American Idol

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The search for the next American Idol continued Wednesday at Southern California’s Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where teen Jacee Badeaux stole the show on Hollywood group night.

The talented 15-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana native looked like he was done for early on, as he was booted from a group called The Guaps, and forced to latch onto a different squad, the Sugar Mamas and the Babies. There, he had a much better chance to show off his charisma and talent.   

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Singing a group number of the song Mercy, Badeaux forgot the lyrics, but expertly scrambled, inserting the line “I don’t wanna go home” into the song, which tugged at the judges’ heartstrings.

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Be it singing or sympathy, it worked, as Jaycee bought himself and his team a berth to advance on in the star-making Fox competition, breaking into tears prior to receiving the good news.

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Other standouts on Wednesday’s episode, who advanced to the next round were Julie Zorrilla, Chris Medina, Scotty McCreery and Robbie Rosen.

American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday at 8/7c.

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