Watch your back, Justin Bieber — there’s a new young singer on the scene! During last night’s American Idol auditions in New Orleans 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux wowed the judges with his own rendition of Otis Redding‘s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.” The buzz today has everyone wondering if he’ll be the next young phenomenon. What do you think?
At one point during Jacee’s performance, Jennifer Lopez appeared to be thrilled, adding after he was done, “You are so sweet and so cute! Your voice is really really beautiful.”
“And the sparkle in your eye is like, forget about it,” added judge Steven Tyler. “Looking at you singing and closing my eyes, in and of itself is a work of art. It’s a thing of beauty, you sound so good!”
Talented Jacee was voted on to Hollywood unanimously by the judges.
What do you think of young Jacee?
WATCH HIS PERFORMANCE BELOW: