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Lazaro Arbos

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Name: Lazaro Arbos 
Bio: Lazaro Arbos has certainly has faced his share of challenges in his life. However, the American Idol 2013 Season 12 Top 20 contestant is now on the edge of glory and we couldn’t be happier for the bow tie-loving cutie!
Lazaro, who is 21, is an ice cream scooper from Florida. He developed a strong stutter at age six while growing up in Cuba, and the stutter only got worse after his family moved to the U.S. However, singing provides him with a break from his speech impediment, and so he started singing as a youngster. He began belting out songs at his church and even competed on a Miami competition show called Aqui Todos Ganan. Gotta love that wild white-and-gray shirt he was wearing on that show not to mention his powerful rendition of “Imagine.”
American Idol’s judges obviously felt for Lazaro’s moving story, but it was his singing voice that blew them all away. Lazaro auditioned with “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and Keith Urban told him it was so impressive that Lazaro should “sing all the time.” Talk about high praise! Now, Lazaro has progressed all the way to the Top 20 on the strength of performances like Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" and Keith Urban’s "Tonight I Wanna Cry.”
After making it into the Top 20, Lazaro said he felt “great” and that he loves everyone who is supporting him. Aww! Now he’s gonna make us wanna cry tonight.
American Idol Season: 12 (2013)
Age: 21
Hometown: Naples, Flordia via Cuba
Audition: Lazaro Arbos auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Chicago, Illionois. He performed "Bridge Over Troubled Water" during his original audition for the judges, which aired on January 17, 2013. He was given a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood Week.
Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Lazaro Arbos performed Robbie Williams's "Angels" for the judges during the a capella round.
Hollywood Week Group Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Lazaro performed The Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" with the 'Super 55' group, along with three other contestants who didn’t make it to the solo round.
Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the guys’ Hollywood Week solo round, Lazaro Arbos performed Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory". He wow the judges again with his rich tone and beautiful voice. Lazaro was ultimately chosen to be part of the American Idol Season 12 Top 40 and moved on to Vegas Week.
Top 40/Las Vegas Round 4: Lazaro Arbos performed "Tonight I Wanna Cry" by Keith Urban in the Las Vegas sudden death rounds. The judges did not think it was his best performance, but agreed he has strong potential and passed him through to the Top 20.
Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 1: Rebounding from last week, Lazaro chose to perform Michael Buble's "Feeling Good" during the Top 10 guys semi-finals round. While it didn't showcase the full range of his voice, the judges seemed pleased with the song choice overall.

Semi-Finals Show: Lazaro Arbos was selected as one of the Season 12 Top 10 contestants. He sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel as his victory song.

Top 10 Performance Show: Lazaro chose to sing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" for the Top 10 performance show, which didn't get rave review from the judges. Overall, they didn't think the song suited his vocal range.


Lazaro Arbos was eliminated on the Top 6 results show after landing in the bottom two with Amber Holcomb. The American Idol judges decided not to use their one and only save of the season to keep him in the competition.

>> Watch all of Lazaro's performances on American Idol 2013 here.

- Ryan Gajewski

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