Lazaro Arbos

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Lazaro Arbos
Birth nameLazaro Reinaldo Arbos Andraca
Born (1990-12-27) December 27, 1990 (age 28)
OriginNaples, Florida, United States
Years active2013–present

Lazaro Reinaldo Arbos Andraca (born December 27, 1990), known professionally as Lazaro Arbos, is a Cuban American singer, who came in sixth place on the twelfth season of American Idol.[1]

Personal background[edit]

Arbos was born in Cuba to parents Gizela Andraca and Reinaldo Arbos. The family moved to Naples, Florida, when he was 10 years old.[2] He graduated from Gulf Coast High School in 2009.[3]

Arbos speaks with a significant stutter, which developed at age six.[3] When he sings, the stutter disappears.[4] While he has participated in speech and language therapy, the stutter still remains prominent while speaking.[5] Prior to American Idol, he worked as a scooper at Rita's Italian Ice;[2][6] he said it was "the only job I can get where I don't have to do 'smart people' stuff like talking".[3]

American Idol[edit]


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.[7] 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.[8] Arbos was voted off on the April 11, 2013, episode, finishing in sixth place.[9][10] 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.[1][11]

Performances and results[edit]

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
Four Tops 10
Top 7 Rock Duet "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"
with Angie Miller
Queen 2 Safe
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. Followed by his success on idol Lazaro has gone on to open up for some of the biggest acts in modern music history such Miley Cyrus, Jessie J, Camila Cabello including others. He also has written a couple hits song for other acts. Lazaro is working on his debut EP, and will release his single, "I Want More," produced by James Worthy, in 2016.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (April 11, 2013). "'American Idol' Enters Uncharted Territory With Historic Elimination". MTV. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Battle, Maryann (April 12, 2013). "Lazaro Arbos' American Idol run inspires others who stutter". Naples Daily News. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Charing, Steve (March 22, 2013). "American Idol's Lazaro Inspires Us All". Baltimore Outloud. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Benham, Kelley (January 25, 2013). "Lazaro Arbos, featured in story about stuttering, becomes 'American Idol' sensation". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Gratereaux, Alexandra (January 18, 2013). "American Idol: Lazaro Arbos Stuns as Stuttering Vanishes When Singing". Fox News Latino. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Salomone, Julie (March 27, 2013). "Fox 4 catches up with past Idol winner Ruben Studdard". Fox 4 News WFTX-TV. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  7. ^ Carlson, Erin (March 4, 2013). "'American Idol': Top 10 Revealed Amid Brutal Eliminations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "'Idol' Results: Burnell Taylor Eliminated And Top 6 Are Revealed". The Huffington Post. April 4, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Collier's Lazaro Arbos knocked off American Idol". Naples Daily News. April 11, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  10. ^ Krikorian, Stephanie (April 11, 2013). "'American Idol' Recap: Lazaro Arbos Gets Voted Off". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Helling, Steve (April 11, 2013). "American Idol: First All-Female Top 5?". People. Retrieved April 14, 2013.

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