NoLa Redux

January 24, 2011

So listen, I’m not going to bore you with a recap of last week’s show from my home state of Louisiana. Y’all saw the show, heard the talent (yeah, we got us some serious talent out in the bayou) and know that Louisiana is gonna present a serious threat on this seasons show. I’m sure y’all remember one of the standouts of the show, that 15 year old, baby-faced crooner named Jacee Badeaux. Even knowing the depth of talent from my home state, I still was not expecting the serious gravitas of this kid’s voice. However, it appears that a lot of other good folks knew all about this kid and his pretty amazing voice.

Get this, seems that the sophomore at Lafayette [LA] High School’s Performing Arts Academy, has won a couple of competitions, was one of 20 tenors named to the prestigious Louisiana All State Mixed Choir in 2009 and sang in Lafayette First Baptist’s Christmas Fantasia (whatever the heck that is) last year. The boy’s no slouch! Something tells me we will be seeing a lot of this child over the course of this season.

As I was putting this little bitty piece together, a little birdy pointed me in the direction of this video with young Jacee joining Dylan Fuller, Hunter Sibille, Ian Welch and Tanner Simoneaux (geez, we Cajuns have a way with names don’t we…LOL) as they belt out The Lion Sleeps Tonight with Jacee proving that he’s got some serious chops thanks to his falsetto (although if I’m being honest, and we know I always am, I found it way more entertaining to watch the tall queen boy on the end get a little bit swishy the more he got into the number).

Here’s to Jacee…we got our eye on you youngun! Don’t let us down!

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Welcome Home Idol

January 19, 2011

This was not suppose to happen! You know it as well as I do. We all publicly swore off that bloated and ri-dick-you-lus caricature of a show that Idol had degenerated and turned itself into. Plus that nasty Brit was leaving and he was the only thing that made the show remotely worth watching.

Not to give a recap of the brouhaha that constantly seemed to be playing out over our teevee’s this past year, but we lost waste-of-space Kara and the lovely, but not a good fit Ellen leaving us with the “dog” and too big for his britches, that toothy mic-jockey Ryan. That juggernaught we had loved and then hated was finally done and we were all, finally, put out of our collective misery.

News that Steven Tyler of Areosmith fame and Jenny from the Block, Ms J-Lo had signed on brought a bit of intrigue but we still didn’t care. I mean, Humpty Dumpty had fallen and it didn’t matter what the King’s horses and horsemen did, there was no saving this hot mess.

Finally the big night arrived, and dressed in our finest funerary best, we plopped down to watch them lower the casket into the cold, dark ground. Except that it didn’t suck. Steven Tyler and Jenny from the Block actually evoked a time when we liked the show. And the now elder statesman Randy actually wore his role with dignity.

I don’t know at what point I knew, but I did. After years of wandering in the proverbial wilderness, Idol has come home. So, here we are just a little bit beside ourselves, dusting off the old-blog, twittering with Idol friends, calling others and texting still more. Everywhere we have looked there has been this shocked “wow, they pulled it off” look. I’m not sure how, or that I even care, but I feel like everything is new again and I couldn’t be happier! Welcome home Idol!