American Idol Group Night: The Trials of Jacee Badeaux

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Group night on American Idol brought out the talented - Deandre Brackensick, Jacob Lusk - and the petty:

Poor 15-year old Jacee Badeaux was booted from his first group, in the middle of the evening, leaving him to scramble for a replacement and learn a new routine at the last moment.

The youngster recovered from the snub and joined Sugar Mama and the Babies (Denise Jackson, Stevie Cain, Natalie Hanson, Brett Loewenstern) for a rendition of "Mercy," but forgot some of the lyrics and improvised about not wanting to go home. It was cute, but not exactly American Idol champion material.

Below, watch Scotty McCreery, Clint Jun Gamboa, Monique De Los Santos and Frances Coontz explain their treatment of Badeaux, followed by this group's performance and that of Sugar Mama and the Babies:

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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]