American Idol in New Orleans: Sarah Sellers, Jacee Badeaux Impress

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After getting off to a strong start in New Jersey, the new American Idol panel hit the Big Easy last night.

As Steven Tyler continued to share random thoughts and jokes (our favorite: seeing a husky Randy Jackson in a photo from a high school sporting event and asking, "Which is the shot put?"), two contestants stood out. We've posted their audition videos below.

Sarah Sellers: Large-lipped 28-year-old describes herself as a "marketing analyst by day, an aspiring singer and a food and music blogger." Tyler adored her version of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," sang here:

Jacee Badeaux: A 15-year old summed up by J. Lo as being "So sweet and SOOOO CUUUUUTE!" Close your eyes, listen to him sing an Otis Redding classic and ask yourself: Couldn't this be Justin Bieber?

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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