The kids are all right on 'American Idol'
February 17th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

The kids are all right on 'American Idol'

“American Idol” had a total Gleek moment on Wednesday night.

It was group night, the notoriously difficult point in Hollywood week when contestants must come together to work on a song and a little bit of choreography. Nerves are usually frayed, and there are tons of tears as the groups work through the night to hone their performances.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “The Minors,” a group made up of 15- and 16-year-olds whose mamas were there the whole way, urging, cajoling and at times almost threatening them along the path to tighter harmonies.

Some of the other contestants (most notably a group performing the same song) were annoyed at what they perceived to be The Minors' unfair advantage with the maternal coaching.

But it all paid off when the gang took to the stage and rocked Queen’s “Somebody to Love” as their mamas watched from backstage, swaying and singing along. The performance brought the judges to their feet and Jennifer Lopez proclaimed, “They just gave the performance of their life right there!”

I half-expected Rachel, Finn, Puck and the gang to take the stage next.

But the real tearjerker and triumphant moment of the night belonged to 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux. The chubby, baby-faced teen was abruptly dumped from his group and left to wander in the middle of the night, searching for someone who would have him.

Viewers hearts broke a little bit for Jacee as he tried to nonchalantly shrug off the rejection. He ended up a member of “Sugar Mama and the Babies” and had a scant few hours to learn the Duffy hit "Mercy," which he said he'd never heard.

And despite the judges warning that anyone who flubbed the words would be axed, they took pity on the kid after he made up words to the song on the spot about not wanting to be let go.

His group members rallied around him, explaining his extenuating circumstances, and fellow contestants cheered him on from the audience. He was the last in his group to be asked to step forward – a sign that he would continue through to the last round.

"Jacee, you've got some fans out there dude," judge Randy Jackson remarked.

We sobbed right along with Jaycee as he took in all of the love and felt the relief of not being eliminated.

For once, it was a bit of drama which didn't feel forced or manipulative. It was a feel-good moment that reminded us of why we first fell in love with "Idol" 10 years ago.

Well done "Idol," well done.

Click here to watch Jacee's emotional performance.

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    April 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LoveLucy

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    February 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sassie

    "Jacee! OMG! i feel bad for misspelling his name he had a bad enough time as it was. Buuuuuttttttttt, anyway tonight he made it through the little cutie pie! He showed them didn't he?

    February 18, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. lafayette


    Great post. I just wanted to let you know that "Jacee" is the correct spelling for Jacee Badeaux. Thank you!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    Here we go again. Another season of idiot Idol fans sending out death threats to everyone.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sassie

    @debi – it's hard to find another true idol fan these days – I have watched since the first season and it seems to me the tryouts have gotten harder, but turning out the better singers. I felt bad for the one young boy "KC" that kept getting shuffled around. Poor kid. He made it through though. Can't wait for tonight!

    February 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dougo

      AGREED This will be the best finals ever soo many wonderfully talented singers looking soo forward to the individual performances!!

      February 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JR

    The little punk with the white glasses sealed his fate. Her seemed to be the gang leader that wanted JC out of their group.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. debi

    loved last night's episode- i found it really interesting. looks like we've got a really great group of singers moving into the next round...i think we'll have the best ever going into the final countdown!

    February 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dougo

      AGREED Best batch ever looking so forward to the individual performances

      February 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. American Idol ShytBags

    "But it all paid off when the gang took to the stage and rocked Queen’s “Somebody to Love"

    I bet they sounded like a pile of overstuffed SHYTBAGS.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate from Canada

      Actually, they did a really good job. It sounds like you didn't watch, so that makes your criticism invalid.

      February 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |

    I just farted. Shooooo : )

    February 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |

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