THE First Family has a new “American Idol” favorite – curly-haired pretty boy Deandre Brackensick!
The talented 17- year-old is known by the Hawaiian name of Kamele around his hometown of San Jose, Calif., and often sings island music while playing his ukulele in local venues.
First daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia Obama, 13, have a big crush on him, sources say, and turned their powerful pop – who grew up in Hawaii – into a fan after he watched a clip of Deandre performing at a hula festival.
Now Deandre has gotten word from the White House that the Obamas are backing him to win “Idol,” The ENQUIRER has learned.
“Deandre got the surprise of his life when he learned that the president loves his music and the Obamas are rooting for him,” revealed an “Idol” insider. “The message has given him the motivation to go all the way on the show!”
Sasha and Malia are only allowed to watch school-related TV during the week, so they record Deandre’s performances and watch him on the weekends, sources say.
He fell just short of making the top 24 on Season 10 of “Idol.” But on Season 11, he blew the judges away and secured a spot in the top 24 with a soaring falsetto version of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”
“Deandre has been singing in front of audiences since he was 10 years old,” continued the insider.
“He’s extremely disciplined and professional for his age, but learning that he has fans as famous as America’s first family has given him even more confidence!”