American Idol 12- Contestant Preview #12- Lazaro Arbos

You might have already seen Lazaro’s audition (or part of it) as the boy who speaks with an extreme stutter. I’m here to tell you, he’s not going very far. He’s a sob story (harsh way to put it, I know), with weak talent. As you’ll hear in Imagine, he finishes his phrases with a very unpleasant goat vibrato, and possesses a nasally tone that isn’t good enough for this competition. It’s not Chris Richardson nasal, it’s “I’m not a trained singer” nasal. Unless he’s improved since Imagine, he’s probably cut (ala Chris Medina) before the top 20/24.

He’s originally from Naples, FL. His family comes from Cuba.

American Idol Promo

Lazaro’s American Idol 12 Audition in Chicago

Lazaro Arbos, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky


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  • durbesque

    I like him.  It was nice to hear the song almost as written, without the usual Idol melisma.  Yes, if he could eliminate or reduce the flutter at the ends of phrases, without resorting to runs, it would be stronger.

  • Kathleen Moore

    First time I’ve seen the promo.  We heard the stutter, now why didn’t we hear him sing?  Unless they’re keeping it a secret.

    That said, his “Imagine.”  That’s not even Hollywood-worthy, much less Top 40 worthy.

    He may have improved though.  I’m thinking about another Hispanic Idol, Allison Iraheta, and how she greatly improved from her pre-Idol recordings.

    Oh, and a stuttering singer?  No one greater than former CMA Entertainer of the year, Mel Tillis.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “He’s a sob story (harsh way to put it, I know), with weak talent.”

    Unfortunately, this is true. Lazaro is nice looking, but his singing is noteworthy only because of the contrast with his severe stutter. He was pretty pitchy at the start of Imagine, and got better towards the end, but he is a very weak vocalist (at least going from that first video). 

  • Kesia Monteith

    I’ve seen the video before, and I couldn’t get through it. I frankly think he is very poor, but if the number of people making it on the live shows changes to say beyond top 12, I can see him making it. Or, as a wildcard, a softy like Mariah would pick him. *rollseyes*

  • Ronnie D

    Was it just me or was he pitchy? He might lack confidence, too.

  • Miz

    How long ago was the ‘Imagine’ video? People do improve over time. Hopefully he is one of them. I really don’t want to see any more exploitation of people for whatever adversity or difficulties they have.

    Right now he looks like a throwaway. The warble in his voice when singing is distracting. 

  • Ronnie D

    Ann Wilson, the singer of the band Heart, had a horrible stutter when she was younger. When she began to sing it helped her with it. She doesn’t even have a stutter now! :)

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    My concern is more based on the fact that they keep sob stories over talent. He’s ok…not top 40 worthy, and especially not top 24 or top 12 worthy (based on his singing in “Imagine”). Imagine what an amazing group of contestants Idol would have if they focused just a little bit more on voices and a little less on ratings and backstories. I think this guy is decent, and I understand why they put him through to Hollywood. Between his voice and his sob story, it’s a no-brainer. But to let him continue in the competition- unless his voice has greatly improved- is unfair.

  • Daniel Fernandez

    I don’t think its right to judge so quickly about his vocal ability. Yes, based on this video he seems to be rather weak, but this video is also from 2009. He could have improved massively in the span of 3-4 years. who knows

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  • waitingforthe1

    ^^^ LMAO

  • Adam Ham

    I completely disagree, I find his voice very soothing and beautiful and he is also very cute. I think he will make it far on american idol if not all the way to the finish line. I know myself and all my friends who I have spoken with about him are going to be casting our votes for him each and every week, He will be the only reason I am even watching idol this season, I have never watched it, always hated the show actually. I am watching it now ONLY as a fan of this very talented young man!

  • Sirik Nil

    I won’t care of anything even the contesting but I care about his heart and want to tell that he’s not alone and lots of people love him who or whatever he was .