1. ATLJason says

    I have watched all 12 seasons of Idol (and yes, endured the scorn of my friends for doing so!) but I don’t ever remember tearing up at a story like I did watching this last night. Very touching.

  2. says


    at the risk of sounding like a heartless s.o.b….he wasn’t that good.

    even if he came in and didn’t have a stutter, i’d say the same thing. he’s cute, though.

  3. Tessie Tura says

    He’s totes adorbs and has a pretty good voice. BUT… stutterers lose the stutter when they sing. Country singer Mel Tillis has (had – is he still alive?) a stutter. Music is evidently controlled by another part of the brain. On a similar note, Nick van Bloss, a (hot and gay) British concert pianist known for his Bach interpretations, has Tourette’s Syndrome – and a pretty severe case of it.

  4. Jason says

    Growing up I had a terrible stutter, and it’s something I was picked on for a much greater degree than being gay or my weight (gosh, I sound like a winner right now…)

    It is such a weird affliction. I could tell when I was going to do it, and once I started it was like hitting a wall. It’s not like I didn’t know what to say, or even that I was nervous — though I’d often get nervous once the stuttering began — it was just like I could not physically make the words.

    I still deal with it now, but it’s almost imperceptible to everyone I know. Basically I’ve learned through years of practice to think my sentences through about five words ahead, consider (given my current state of mind, confidence, etc.) whether all of those words are pronouncable in the moment, and then use the intervening words to try and reword my sentences if they aren’t. This can make on-the-fly conversation fairly exhausting, and it’s all but useless when drinking, but it does work.

  5. says

    tears here too, which is so unlike me since i have so few emotions. the voice isn’t phenomenal but i hope he goes far because, as a human being, he deserves it.

    i know that he’s young enough to be my son but he sure is easy on the eyes. if music doesn’t work out for him, he should think about modeling!

  6. Alex Parrish says

    As compelling as his story is — and it is compelling, as a professional musician, I have to say that his performance was OK for an amateur, but not really above average in any discernible way. It was a parroting of some currently-popular stylistic ‘quirks’ and his voice has a nice quality, but overall, his performance is quite average. IDK — is this supposed to be judged on his gifts and talent or on how compelling his story is? I fear that once his story is known, the novelty will wear-off and if he hasn’t the skills or talent to support it, he will not have a successful time of it.

  7. Paul R says

    @KDNA: you’re not risking sounding like a heartless jerk, you sound exactly like one. His voice is better than Art Garfunkel’s there. I’ve been accused of having a heart of stone, but he did great.

    There is advanced treatment for stuttering. If his didn’t start until he was 6, it seems like a behavioral issue. His father doesn’t seem all that sweet, for starters.

  8. aron says

    Gareth Gates, who won one of the early seasons of Pop Idol/X Factor in the UK also had a very bad stutter when he won. Over the years since it has improved dramatically.

  9. Stefan says

    @Billy–I have a friend who stutters and another with Tourette’s. I get that it can be important to be able to bring humor to an unpleasant situation, but there’s a difference between laughing with someone and laughing at them. I’d like to see you live their lives for a while and then still joke about it.

  10. Stefan says

    @Alex–From one professional musician to another, you’re right about his voice. I’d bet that if you sample 100 people in the population (who aren’t tone deaf and can at least carry a tune) he would probably rank in the top 30 or 40. Good, but nothing remarkable. But he doesn’t need to be remarkable to be a pop singer. For example, Elvis was unique but not that great. Same with the Beatles. Even early Frank Sinatra would still need years of intense training to become regarded as good. And with modern technology a lot of very mediocre singers are now considered “good”.

    AI is about packaging a pop singer who people will want to see on television every week. For example, if the kid was less attractive I doubt his story would have received air time.

  11. AJ says

    @BILLY: Making fun of stutterers? Really? Didn’t we all learn this lesson from Laura and Nellie on the prairie back in the day?

    NELLIE: Chickens can squawk and butterflies can flutter, but Anna can’t talk all she can do is stu-stu-stu-stu-stu-stutter.

  12. Icebloo says

    This is dishonest bullsh5t. I don’t believe he has a stutter the same way I didn’t believe the UK’s Gareth Gates had a stutter. These attention-seeking kids are just so desperate to win they will say anything or do anything to get themselves more sympathy from the judges.

    A new rule should also be that if a competitor cries they are automatically out of the contest. I hate all that dishonest bulls$it.

  13. says

    ugh, he’s too freakin’ adorable for words.


    his voice is nice. he’s nervous, he’s not sure what quite to do with it just yet, but the instrument is there, that’s undeniable.

    best of luck, sexypants.

  14. Derrick from Philly says

    Oh my God. Jason, this is the first comment you’ve posted that makes you come across as a thoughtful human being…with a heart and a sense of humor.

    Maybe it’s a different “Jason”.

  15. Houndentenor says

    This is actually not unusual. There was a famous country singer in the 1970s who stuttered when he spoke but had no problem getting out the words when he was signing. I’m sure people have studied this. It’s a nice voice. He may get better in the competition (I’ve seen that happen) or crack under the pressure (seen that happen too), but he deserves to move to another level AND for a show that seems to relish in holding up untalented people to ridicule this was a nice heartwarming story.

  16. BETTY says

    ICEBLOO: what is it about you that you are such a prick all the time? You were probably the kid on the playground who would bully a kid like this or anybody not like you. You are a hateful human being.

  17. Cody says

    People, he is young and obviously has the instrument and probably hasn’t received the tools to learn how to use it yet.

    It’s like any other person with musical talent. Start playing the piano/violin/any other instrument by ear and figure out simple melodies and chords to easy pieces? Sure! A lot of musicians start that way, including myself 23 years ago! Put this person in front of a piano (in my case) with the simplest sheet music with no concept of technique, fingering, or dynamics and nothing will happen.

    The voice is the same.

    So from a musician to all the other musicians – think about where you’d be without your years of training. I wouldn’t be able to play how I play without hours and hours and hours of practice and training and recitals to get over the nerve aspect of performing. That voice is definitely trainable. He also seemed extremely nervous, which we all know can mess up any performance. Judging from his story, he hasn’t had a ton of social interaction and suddenly is in front of some of the most famous people in the world trying to get his words out.

    Musicians and performers are all the same…always poo pooing anyone that isn’t exactly like everyone else…talent is 20% of it. The rest is hard work and dedication and style (no, not clothing).

  18. Chadd says

    He is a cute kid, and I agree that his voice is good but not remarkable. I worry about guys like him in these competitions. He seems so fragile and not winning (which he probably won’t) could really damage him, but the AI machine will roll on and leave him out cold. I hope that he gets the confidence and the help he needs to help him speak.

  19. Tina says

    I was just sitting there with nothing to do and the TV was on. I didn’t care for most of the “talent” except for this guy and the “street singer.” I think they both did great. I wonder if Lazaro got speech therapy from a therapist recommended by the Stuttering Foundation. They have a great web site with online videos and ebooks, too. I have a friend who stutters who has gotten help from them.

  20. Simon Wilson says

    He’s adorable, I want to marry him. A decent singer and a heart of gold, clearly. I wonder how much his father and his sexuality has to do with his stutter…. hhmmm.

  21. RedOnTheGreg says

    So. This clip brought a tear to my eye.

    That being said, on a different note, this is the first time since Simon was a judge that I’ve seen any part of American Idol, and I must say that this is a totally lifeless batch of judges. Boringggg!!!!

  22. Bill Michael says

    Ditto on Lazaro and the “Street Singer”. The Street Singer was so real, so refreshing, so talented, not like the cat squalls of the other contestants.

  23. L.C says

    He’s adorable and I found his voice truly beautiful. I for one loved him and loved his charm.

    Old, b-tchy, bitter queens…don’t be angry these kids are pursuing the dreams you were too fearful to. And get over yourselves.

  24. says

    You go boy!

    Adorable, sweet, strong, talented.

    And he’s more talented than some 60% of the contestants I’ve seen on that show. Most of the Top 3 on this show are complete CRAP and far, farrrr worse than this guy. This guy has soul both in his singing and personality.

  25. Kyle says

    He’s fantastic and inspiring. I now have a new favorite to root for, not just because of his story, but because I’m sick of seeing the same farmer, straight, Christian, generic guy with a guitar win every dang year.

  26. Martin says

    i love Lazaro… he isn’t faking it… My Partner stutters from time to time… it is such a difficult affliction…. I’m getting a possible “HOME TEAM” vibe too… which would make me love him all the more !! LOL..

  27. ratbastard says

    My best friend growing up had a bad stutter. I would often tell strangers in advance who ha to listen to him for this or that reason that he stuttered, and to please be patient, he wasn’t retarded or anything like that. But he was a FUNNY kid…very good sense of humor. Still stutters today. His sarcastic jokes were even more funny because of his stutter.

    I was a late talker. My older sisters and mom told me I was a great infant and young child, never cried or caused a fuss, I just wouldn’t talk. But I would hum songs I heard on the radio. I was almost 4 before I started to really talk clearly. Specialist doctor at Harvard told my mom there was nothing wrong with me, I was smart, I just didn’t want to talk and would when I had something to say. He was right, I’m still like that today. And my I.Q. is well above average.

  28. Dan Howley says

    So inspirational!This teen is not pretending at all and it took him a lot of courage to come on stage
    Stuttering and singing are possible due to a scientific reason : each one uses a different part of the brain.
    Poeple who had a stroke might not be able to talk again but will be able to communicate by singing!

  29. peterparker says

    Okay, that brought tears to my eyes. Having said that…he needs some vocal training. I didn’t care for his phrasing and I found the accent that kept creeping in to be distracting. But that’s just me. And with some training, I think this young man could be great!

    And yes, he’s gorgeous…and apparently gay since he went so gaga over Mimi.

  30. Clive Epstein says

    Singing and stuttering are not related. Speech is a left-brain function while singing is a right-brain function. Lazaro Arbos is like many famous singers who struggle with stuttering. These singers – such as Mel Tillis, Gareth Gates, Marc Anthony, Bill Withers, B.B. King – are on the lsit of Famous People Who Stutter on the website of The Stuttering Foundation ( – there is also a section “Celebrity Corner” with in-depth articles on this people.

    The website provides many free resources to help people who stutter such as streaming videos and downloadable materials……. check out the brochure “Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter” that explains the little-known law that every child in the U.S. with any kind of speec h problem has the right to FREE speech therapy from preschool through high school

  31. nancy says

    There is a device that plays something, not sure what, that you wear, I’m not of that either, maybe like ear phones or hearing aid. Anyway it distracts you from consentrating on how you sound and you speak 95% normally. Stuttering is lack of confidence, you can tell when you are going to stutter, so, try to speak only at those times, if cought in the middle of a sentance substitue another word, or spell it and go on with you were going to say. Stop using the word stutter, use, I have a problem with words sometimes, a block. emai;: lynn.williams.psls@att.nttt or 703-941-0587. Annandale, Va 22003 The device is called A true fluency dvise, speach easy,
    I know you’ll do great.

  32. Say WHAT? says

    I’m glad Alex Parrish said something…I admire Lazaro, but right now he’s coasting on public sympathy. His vocals are kind of week. And this is coming from someone who overcame a speech impediment as a child.

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