|Birth name||Lazaro Reinaldo Arbos Andraca|
December 27, 1990 |
|Origin||Naples, Florida, United States|
Arbos speaks with a significant stutter, which developed at age six. When he sings, the stutter disappears. While he has participated in speech and language therapy, the stutter still remains prominent while speaking. Prior to American Idol, he worked as a scooper at Rita's Italian Ice; he said it was "the only job I can get where I don't have to do 'smart people' stuff like talking".
Arbos auditioned for the twelfth season of American Idol in Chicago with the song "Bridge over Troubled Water". He surprised the judges when, after speaking to them with a significant stutter, he did not stutter when he began to sing. In the semifinals, he performed "Feeling Good" by Cy Grant. On March 7, 2013, Arbos was voted into the finals. In the Top 7 round, his performance of "We Are the Champions" by Queen earned him enough votes to place him among the top three contestants. Arbos was voted off on the April 11, 2013, episode, finishing in sixth place. He was the last male contestant to be eliminated, leaving an all-female Top 5 for the first time in the show's history, and ending the show's five-year male winning streak.
Performances and results
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
|Audition||Auditioner's Choice||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Simon & Garfunkel||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||A Capella||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Wouldn't It Be Nice"||The Beach Boys||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Solo||"The Edge of Glory"||Lady Gaga||N/A||Advanced|
|Las Vegas Round||Personal Choice||"Tonight I Wanna Cry"||Keith Urban||9||Advanced|
|Top 20 (10 Men)||Personal Choice||"Feeling Good"||Cy Grant||7||Advanced|
|Top 10 Reveal||Victory Song||"Bridge over Troubled Water"||Simon & Garfunkel||5||N/A|
|Top 10||Music of the American Idols||"Breakaway"||Kelly Clarkson||7||4th|
|Top 9||The Beatles||"In My Life"||The Beatles||4||Safe|
|Top 8||Music of Motor City||Solo "For Once in My Life"||Stevie Wonder||3||Bottom 31|
|Trio "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"
with Burnell Taylor and Devin Velez
|Top 7||Rock||Duet "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
with Angie Miller
|Solo "We Are the Champions"||6|
|Top 6||Burt Bacharach and Hal David||"(They Long to Be) Close to You"||Richard Chamberlain||3||Eliminated|
|Songs They Wish They'd Written||"Angels"||Robbie Williams||9|
- *^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Arbos was among the Bottom 3, but declared safe second as Devin Velez was eliminated.
Arbos took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013 from July 19 through August 31, 2013. Lazaro is working on his debut EP, and will release his a single, "I Want More," produced by James Worthy, in 2016.
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