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Lazaro Arbos has survived another week on American Idol
Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos rocked the “American Idol” stage Wednesday night, and the judges loved his edgier attitude.
This week’s show was all about classic rock, and the performances by the seven remaining contestants were uptempo and loud. Arbos, 21, a Cuban-born crooner who tends to stick to ballads, took on “We are the Champions,” a Queen song written by the band’s iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury.
Judge Nicki Minaj expressed her excitement after Arbos’ performance by doing a little salsa dance in her seat.
“My baby,” she said. “I was liking it. I was loving it. It was crack juice.”
Arbos, who is known for wearing bright colors on stage, came out in a black shirt and leather jacket, dark teal pants — and his signature bow tie, also in black.
And after weeks of being called out for not being confident enough, Arbos tried to project some rock star attitude on stage. He walked around the judges while he sang and gave an energetic jump as the band let out the song’s final notes.
Arbos, who stutters when he speaks but not when he sings, has built a loyal fan base because of his vocal skills and compelling personal story. However, he landed in the bottom two contestants last week.
Minaj said Arbos’ fans, known as “Lazis,” would be pleased with his performance.
“I think your Lazis will be voting again,” she said.
Long-time “Idol” judge Randy Jackson admitted he worried that Arbos’ performance would be a “train wreck.”
“I gotta call it like I see it, and you did a good job,” Jackson said.
Judge Keith Urban said it was a good song choice for Arbos.
“You chose something that played into your dramatics in a good way,” Urban said.
Urban also complimented Arbos’ “big matador” finale, and Minaj agreed.
“Ricky Martin sexy,” Minaj said.
The show returns with the voting results Thursday at 8 p.m. Season Four “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will also perform live.