Again, a Naples resident will be featured on "American Idol," but this contestant's personal story is already setting him apart from others.
Lazaro Arbos, a 2009 graduate of Gulf Coast High School, is featured prominently in a commercial for the show's upcoming 12th season, which premiered Wednesday night and continues tonight on Fox at 8 p.m.
When Arbos speaks, he stutters. When he sings, it disappears.
The "Idol" promo only hints at that, enticing viewers to watch the program. But an online video of Arbos signing on a Spanish-language program shows the striking difference.
In the "Idol" commercial, Arbos, whose outfit included a blue button-up shirt and a purple bow tie, attempts to introduce his audition song to the revamped panel of judges. This season, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban join Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest.
"I'm gonna sing 'Br-Br … Bridge Over T …,'" Arbos begins.
After a few moments, Carey and Arbos finish the title — "Bridge Over Troubled Water" — together.
The commercial then cuts to what seems to be the moment just after Arbos has completed his song. As he weeps, the judges pile on the compliments.
"I love your tone. I love the way you sing. I love that you did that song. Just sing all the time," Urban said.
Later, Arbos and Carey share a hug.
"You're adorable. You're gonna do great," she told him.
Arbos' fate won't be revealed until his audition show airs this week, however.
Arbos, who signed a confidentiality agreement with "American Idol," said Monday at his home he could not comment, even if he did not talk about the show's outcome.
But news of his upcoming celebrity is still spreading among the community, and some of the people who know him were willing to sing his praises.
Dallas Dunnagan, artistic director for the Naples Players, said she "heard a rumor" that Arbos had become involved with the show. She knows Arbos because he auditioned for a role in "Hello, Dolly!" last year.
"He sang beautifully," Dunnagan said.
She said she noticed Arbos' stutter right away, but it did not seem to get in his way.
"He never had a problem holding conversation," Dunnagan said.
Arbos ended up as a member of the chorus in the production. Dunnagan said she remembers him as a "very earnest guy" who was inexperienced at the time.
"It was his first show," she said.
Southwest Florida has had a few members of its local talent pool come under the reality TV spotlight.
Paige Miles, of Naples, made it all the way to the final 12 in season nine of "Idol." Casey Weston, who gained national attention during her time on NBC's "The Voice" in 2011, also is a graduate of Gulf Coast High School.
Like Miles and Weston, Arbos is being thrust into the homes of millions of TV viewers overnight, a risk that Dave Gipson, his pastor at Legacy Church of Naples, said he cautioned Arbos about.
"He is such a gentle person and a loving person. I was concerned about him being hurt in the process by a possible rejection," Gipson said.
Gipson said the first time he heard Arbos sing a solo was when the young man performed a worship song before the congregation.
"I was very pleasantly surprised," Gipson said.
Gipson, who met Arbos during the "Hello, Dolly!" production, said Arbos is a humble person despite all his talent.
"It's kind of sweet that someone who is that gifted is not overconfident or arrogant," Gipson said. "He's very open with people and doesn't seem to take himself very seriously."
Lisa Scott, director of Clinical Education at Florida State University, has devoted much of her professional life to understanding communication disorders. She said it's not uncommon for people who stutter to sing without interruption.
Carly Simon, B.B. King and Mel Tillis are all famous examples of such musicians, according to the Stuttering Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1947.
Though it's uncertain why that happens, there are a few theories, Scott said.
"It probably has to do with the fact that singing is a different physical act than speaking," she said. For example, measures — the pattern that the music is divided into — regulate a person's breathing.
There's also the idea that predetermined song lyrics are also a factor.
"It's words that somebody else has already come up with," Scott said.
And it might have to do with the fact that singing and everyday speech occur in different sides of the brain, according to Scott.
But one thing Scott said is certain is that Arbos is brave.
"For him to be willing to risk something so personal in front of millions of viewers takes tremendous courage," Scott said.
"I'm definitely going to be voting for him," she said.