On American Idol 2013 in the final Las Vegas sudden death round, Lazaro Arbos did not receive universal praise from the judges for his song choice. However, he DID earn a place in the Season 12 Top 20 anyway with his performance of "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban.
American Idol judge Keith Urban says he felt like Lazaro never really got comfortable with the song. But he says Lazaro has this beautiful spirit that burns through the song and he felt that tonight.
Nicki says she loves how he always gives them Lazaro just like he is. She says he played it safe “in a good way” and it was very truthful.
Randy says every time he hit the chorus, there was a “sweet spot” in his voice and it was like no one else. He says Lazaro can really sing and he needs to relax and believe in it.
Mariah says he has given better performances, but there is a purity and emotion to him that makes him special. Special enough, apparently, to earn a place in the next round.
Watch Lazaro Arbos perform "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban on American Idol 2013 Season 12 and tell us what you think! Did he deserve a spot in the Top 20?
Read our full recap of the final Las Vegas round and watch all the performances here.