Lazaro Arbos (born Lazaro Reinaldo Arbos Andraca on December 27, 1990) is a Cuban-born American singer from Naples, Florida who finished in 6th place on season 12 of American Idol.

Background[edit | edit source]

Born in Cuba, Lazaro came to America when he was a child, settling in Naples, Florida. He has had to deal with a very bad stutter, which doesn't affect him when he sings, since he was six years old, making it hard for him to talk. Despite having undergone speech thearpy, his stutter has never improved.

Lazaro was working in a ice cream shop when he tried out for the show.

American Idol[edit | edit source]

Lazaro auditioned for the show in Chicago where he wowed the judges with his version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon and Garfunkel. Wowed by his voice and stunned by how his stutter seemed to disappear when he sang, the judges put him through to Hollywood where he did well enough to make it to the "sudden death" round, the semifinals, and now the Top 10. During the Top 10, Lazaro performed "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson, which is the title track off of her 2004 album of the same name. The result of his song helped him make it to the Top 9. During the Top 9, Lazaro performed "In My Life" from the Lennon-McCartney songbook. Despite his performance of this song being called his "worst performance ever", he managed to make it to the Top 8. During "Music of The Motor City", Lazaro took on "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder. That performance plus his group number with fellow contestants Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor of the Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself" put Lazaro in the bottom 3, but he managed to survive and made to the top 7. He made it to the top 6 thanks to his version of the Queen classic "We Are the Champions". During the Top 6, Lazaro performed "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by Richard Chamberlain and "Angels" by Robbie Williams. The result of his performances eliminated him from the competition. He finished 6th out of all.

Criticism[edit | edit source]

During his time on the show, Lazaro was frequently criticized by both the judges and various critics over his singing ability and his tendency to forget lyrics. Some even expressed worry that he may not be cut out for the ruthlessness and cutthroat nature of the music industry. Those facts plus his backstory caused many to wonder if he was getting sympathy votes. The support he received from the anti-Idol website Vote For The Worst only seemed to anger many fans of the show who wanted him to go. Some even compared Lazaro to former season 6 contestant Sanjaya Malakar, who also went further in the competition then many had predicted he would.

Performances[edit | edit source]

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
Victory Song "Bridge over Troubled Water" Simon & Garfunkel 5
Top 10 Music of the American Idols "Breakaway" Kelly Clarkson 7 Safe
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 3
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 & Hal David "(They Long to Be) Close to You" Richard Chamberlain 3 Eliminated
Songs They Wish They'd Written "Angels" Robbie Williams 9

Post Idol[edit | edit source]

Lazaro was a part of the American Idols Live tour, which kicked off on July 19, 2013 in Kent, Washington and ended on August 31, 2013. He recently started his own YouTube channel as a way to stay further connected to his fans. He's also working on his first album.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

During his time on the show, Lazaro and fellow contestant Amber Holcomb became best friends. They remain

Lazaro and Amber

close. She even recently posted a Vine video of the two of them having fun together and singing a bit of the Beyonce song "Drunk in Love".

Season 12
Finalists
Candice Glover · Kree Harrison · Angie Miller · Amber Holcomb · Janelle Arthur · Lazaro Arbos · Burnell Taylor · Devin Velez · Paul Jolley · Curtis Finch, Jr.
Semifinalists
Charlie Askew · Nick Boddington · Aubrey Cleland · Zoanette Johnson · Adriana Latonio · Elijah Liu · Vincent Powell · Cortez Shaw · Breanna Steer · Tenna Torres
Quarterfinalists
Melinda Ademi · Juliana Chahayed · Cristabel Clack · JDA · Rachel Hale · Kevin Harris · Jett Hermano · Josh Holiday · Brandy Hotard · Isabelle · Johnny Keyser · Kamaria Ousley · Gurpreet Singh Sarin · Jimmy Smith · Bryant Tadeo · Mathenee Treco · Shubha Vedula · Chris Watson · David Oliver Willis · Jenny Beth Willis
American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)  · Katy Perry (Seasons 16-)  · Luke Bryan (Seasons 16-)  · Lionel Richie (Seasons 16-)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe · Laine Hardy · Just Sam
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae · Caleb Lee Hutchinson · Alejandro Aranda · Arthur Gunn
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas
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