Lee Jean Jr Steps Up in Amer­i­can Idol

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Lee Jean Jr, the US teen who has Saint Lu­cian roots moved into the top 8 af­ter an­other suc­cess­ful week in the Amer­i­can Idol com­pe­ti­tion. Jean Jr. this week per­formed King of Leon’s “Use Some­body” to close off his night of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The six­teen-year-old au­di­tioned last sum­mer and later per­formed for judges Jen­nifer Lopez, Keith Ur­ban and Harry Con­nick, be­fore he was se­lected to com­pete in the fi­nals.

Jean Jr who re­sides in Bluffton, North Carolina is named af­ter his father Lee Jean, a Saint Lu­cian from Pa­tience, Mon Re­pos who im­mi­grated to the United States with his fam­ily.

Last week in an in­ter­view with Pa­cific Rim Video Press, Jean spoke of his jour­ney thus far in the com­pe­ti­tion, which in­cludes this still talked about duet of “Home” with for­mer Amer­i­can Idol con­tes­tant Chris Daugh­try.

The young­ster has been get­ting tremen­dous sup­port from Saint Lu­cians at home and across the world. Not sur­pris­ing given he is the first per­son with roots from Saint Lu­cia to be se­lected for Amer­i­can Idol or any other in­ter­na­tional song com­pe­ti­tion of this kind. And be­cause he is also get­ting a lot of sup­port across the US, es­pe­cially his home state, Jean says his main job is to stay fo­cused and true to him­self. For that he cred­its his par­ents. “My par­ents have al­ways kept me hum­ble and al­ways told me stay fo­cused and stay com­posed and stay true to your­self so I’ve def­i­nitely grown to be very com­posed and not lis­ten­ing to all the neg­a­tive com­ments un­less they’re con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and stuff like that so I’m just gonna try to stay as close to my­self as pos­si­ble,” he says.

Lee Jean jr per­form­ing on Amer­i­can Idol.

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