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The only Idol audition that’s made me cry harder was Chris Medina’s from season 10. Above is the “money shot” Fox has been promoting for weeks — it’s 21-year-old ice cream scooper (!) Lazaro Arbos from Naples, Florida. Born in Cuba, his profound stutter began at age 6 and intensified after he moved to the U.S. at 10. There were times he couldn’t speak at all, and his mother had to say everything for him. Eventually, she said, “I would just say ‘Sing to me! Sing to me!’”
“Since he is always alone and has few friends,” said his father, “music is his life.”
Lazaro beautifully sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at tonight’s Chicago auditions and is headed to the Hollywood Round as I sit here weeping silently. The stutter disappears when he sings — “You should sing all the time,” suggested new judge Keith Urban. Ah, if only life was Les Miserables! In this case, anyway.
Let us know what you thought of “Auditions No. 2″ in the comments while I work on my full recap. And below, watch Lazaro sing “Imagine” on Aqui Todos Ganan.
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