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Bluffton teen sees ‘Idol’ as ‘door-opening’ experience

Bluffton high school student Lee Jean's scintillating run on FOX's 'American Idol'

Though Bluffton's Lee Jean bowed out on "American Idol" March 10, the run he made on the mega-hit show — from open auditions in Savannah last July to the top 8 — was unquestionably remarkable. Jean, a junior at Bluffton High School, just turned 16
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Though Bluffton's Lee Jean bowed out on "American Idol" March 10, the run he made on the mega-hit show — from open auditions in Savannah last July to the top 8 — was unquestionably remarkable. Jean, a junior at Bluffton High School, just turned 16

Lee Jean is not sad he was eliminated from “American Idol” and neither should you be.

The Bluffton teen took to Facebook the day after his final appearance on the reality music show competition where he posted that very message to friends and supporters.

“God has bigger plans for me I guess,” the sixteen-year-old said in his post. “This is truly just the beginning for me. So many doors have just opened and I thank God for blessing me so.”

After seven weeks of what was, at times, a grueling competition process, Jean was eliminated from the show in the final few minutes Thursday night along with fellow contender Avalon Young.

But Jean’s meteoric rise to the Top 8 was exciting enough for the youth who, at times, seemed genuinely stunned and amazed by how far he did make it.

“This whole experience has been amazing,” he said during a phone conference with national media and entertainment writers on Friday. “It’s definitely been a learning experience.”

Both Jean and Young, who hails from the San-Diego area, fielded questions on everything from song choices to whether Jean had been nervous during his singing of “Let it Be” Thursday night.

“I would definitely say that I was nervous and I don’t say that often,” he said.

Being in the bottom three was tough for him, he admitted. But in the end, whether it was nerves or he sounded too sharp, as the judges pointed out, “or just what” he still believed in himself, as if taking the message behind the song to heart.

“Everything that was right with it, was right for a reason,” he said.

Jean was also asked if he hopes to have the same successes as some of the show’s past Idol contenders who despite not going on to capture the top prize for their season, went on to successful careers in the music industry.

From Jennifer Hudson, who became both a Grammy Award-winning singer and an Academy Award-winning actress after her Idol appearance, to Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken, Kellie Pickler and Chris Daughtry — all went on to successful careers even though none walked away with the top distinction.

Jean said he planned to “capitalize” on the experience and the following he has built.

“Going forward, I’m just going to try to put myself out there,” he said.

For now though, Jean says he is looking forward to coming home.

“I loved being in L.A., but I miss my friends so much,” he said. “Going home is definitely going to put a big smile on my face.”

And something else most of us can relate to.

“First thing I’m looking forward (to doing) is to lay down on my bed,” he said as reporters laughed. “Hotel beds are comfortable but I miss my bed so much.”

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