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Lee Jean Earns Golden Ticket With ‘I See Fire’ on American Idol 2016 Premiere (VIDEO)

Lee Jean, 16, earned a golden ticket with his performance of “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran on the season premiere of American Idol 2016!

In his pre-performance video, Lee talks about the hardships his family has faced since the tragic death of his brother, and it’s clear right from the start that this kid is a real musician, as we see him playing a variety of instruments in his house. Family means the world to Lee, and they’re here to support him. Strangely, for a 16-year-old, he doesn’t seem that nervous. He seems like an old pro already.

Lee sings “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran, and it’s…okay. I mean, the vocal isn’t bad, but it’s not out of this world either. That said, his musicianship is on point. Dude just makes that guitar sing! And he’s definitely got room to grow, in my opinion. The judges seem to agree, although Harry is leery about his difficulty at staying in tune, while Keith and J-Lo both have their qualms about the voice. Again, he’s not a bad singer at all, but I think the judges were all looking for something stronger. But Lee is immensely likable, and like I said, he’s got tons of potential. So I’m glad the judges put him through. Watch the video below:

Lee Jean Earns Golden Ticket With 'I See Fire' on American Idol 2016 Premiere (VIDEO)

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