Fans reward Collier contestant with fourth highest vote total on 'American Idol'

Lazaro Arbos performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL on Wednesday, March 6 on FOX. (Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright FOX)

Lazaro Arbos performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL on Wednesday, March 6 on FOX. (Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright FOX)

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“American Idol” judges may not have thought Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos shined in his performance Wednesday night, but enough viewers thought he did.

Arbos’ fans flexed their voting muscles and ensured that he would remain in the competition for at least one more week.

Arbos sang “Breakaway” by original “Idol” Kelly Clarkson on Wednesday. The show’s judges were critical of his performance and song choice.

For the first time ever Thursday, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest shared each contestant’s vote ranking. Seacrest announced the top three singers in no particular order but called the rest of the names according to their exact rank.

Arbos, a 2009 Gulf Coast High School graduate, received the fourth highest number of votes out of the 10 remaining contestants, showing he has developed a formidable fan base since his start on the show.

Arbos’ mix of personal story and talent seem to have captivated “Idol” judges and viewers this season. Arbos, a Cuban-born singer who moved to Southwest Florida when he was 10, stutters when he speaks, but not when he sings.

The judges often compliment his personality and stage presence, though their reviews of his singing have been mixed.

Curtis Finch Jr., one of the five male contestants in the Top 10, was voted off the show Thursday.

Arbos is expected to perform again next Wednesday, starting at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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