Jan 21, 2011 5:22 PM by Melissa Hawkes
A Performing Arts Academy student at Lafayette High is headed to Hollywood. Sophomore Jacee Badeaux received the nod from all three judges on American Idol last night after singing 'Dock of the Bay'.
Lafayette High School sophomore, Chris Guyette, remembers the first time he heard classmate Jacee Badeux sing.
"When I heard him in sixth grade I was shocked," he said.
Choir Director, Holly Grefe Anders, said she had already heard about Badeaux's reputation by the time he started high school.
She said, "everyone was telling me about this beautiful tender voice that was coming to us, so I just thought wow we are going to get this great little singer."
He's spent the last year and a half singing in the top choir class, but Guyette says he definitely stood out from the crowd.
"He's just got talent," he explained. "It's a God given talent. Jacee can just sing, I mean that's it."
Students said it came as no surprise when Badeaux auditioned for American Idol.
Guyette said, "I was so proud of him. It stopped my heart, it just got to me. I cried."
Lafayette High School Junior, Laynie Lablanc, said "when I was sitting at home I watched. I was so excited--jumping out of my seat up and down."
He's now heading to Hollywood to compete against some of the most talented singers in America. Anders said it's exactly where he belongs.
"There are many many talented people that get turned away," she said. "Jacee just comes across as this very genuine, nice person and I think that's what appealed to the judges."