Collier's Lazaro Arbos knocked off 'American Idol'

AMERICAN IDOL: Lazaro Arbos performs on AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday, April 3 on FOX. (Michael Becker / FOX)

AMERICAN IDOL: Lazaro Arbos performs on AMERICAN IDOL Wednesday, April 3 on FOX. (Michael Becker / FOX)

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Naples-area singer Lazaro Arbos’ chance to become the next “American Idol” ended Thursday night.

Arbos, a Cuban-born crooner who followed his dreams in front of millions of television viewers, did not receive the votes needed to make it to the next round of the competition.

The four “Idol” judges chose not to use their one save to keep him on the show. Instead, they bid Arbos, the last male contestant, goodbye.

“Lazaro, we love you,” Randy Jackson said. “You’ve been a treasure to this show.”

As the audience booed the judges’ decision, Arbos remained upbeat.

“Sounds good,” said Arbos, a 2009 Gulf Coast High School graduate. “No problem, guys.”

Arbos told the Daily News on Thursday night that he’s satisfied with what he accomplished on the show.

“I’m great. I am excited to go home and sleep. And I’ll be back for the tour,” Arbos said.

He’ll be part of the “American Idol” tour this summer.

He said he will continue to pursue his singing career, but he is glad to be coming home to his family and friends.

“I haven’t talked to them yet,” said Arbos, who moved to Southwest Florida with his family when he was 10 years old. “I’m sure that they are really excited to see me.”

His “Idol” journey started at the Chicago auditions, where he captivated the four judges — and the viewing audience — with his singing voice and touching personal story. Arbos, 21, struggles to speak because of a prominent stutter. But when he sings, he is stutter free.

His story and personality helped Arbos build a loyal fan base, known as “Lazis,” which helped him reach the Top 6.

Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation, said Arbos has become an ambassador for the stuttering community, a role that will continue beyond his time on the singing competition.

“Because of his time on ‘American Idol,’ and his success as a singer, we will all have the chance to root for Lazaro, and to listen to him every time he steps up to a microphone — whether to sing or to talk,” Fraser said in a prepared statement. “That is the true legacy of Lazaro Arbos,”

The young man who said he had trouble making friends in high school now has an international following that includes megastars Cher and new “Idol” judge Mariah Carey.

Before Arbos’ last episode ended, a video montage of memories from his time on the show played. There were many highlights: from his emotional first audition before the judges to his performances on stage wearing his signature bright-colored outfits and, of course, bow ties.

Arbos, who has been called courageous by the judges on multiple occasions, also shared a bit of his wisdom during the montage.

“You can’t let things keep you down because you have to keep going,” Arbos said.

Five women remain on “American Idol.” The cuts will continue leading up to the season finale, which is set to air in two parts beginning at 8 p.m. May 15 and 16 on Fox.

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