Where’s the love? Naples' Lazaro Arbos receives stinging reviews on ‘American Idol’

AMERICAN IDOL: Lazaro Arbos performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL airing live Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker  / FOX. Copyright  FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Lazaro Arbos performs in front of the judges on AMERICAN IDOL airing live Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX. Copyright FOX.


Despite receiving generally negative reviews for his performance of the Beatles' "In My Life" this week, fans voted to keep Collier County's Lazaro Arbos in the competition.


It was another night of negative reviews from the “American Idol” judges for Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos.

Arbos, 21, sang “In My Life,” which John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote together. The show had a McCartney and Lennon theme Wednesday night, which meant all of the Top 9 contestants rocked to The Beatles.

The 2009 Gulf Coast High School graduate faced what may have been the toughest critiques he’s received from the judges in the entire competition.

Judge Randy Jackson was blunt.

“This was your worst performance ever,” Jackson said. “I’m staring to wonder: Where did all the vocals go?”

Earlier in the show, Arbos was shown working with music producer Jimmy Iovine. Iovine has been helping the contestants prepare for the live performances.

Judge Nicki Minaj again lamented what she feels is Arbos’ loss of confidence, and she partly blamed Iovine.

“I need them to stop putting you in the room with Jimmy,” she said.

Minaj told Arbos to remember the person he is.

“You know what you do, Lazaro,” she said. “Something is bothering you.”

After the judges panned his performance, Arbos was visibly upset. Seacrest asked him what he thought.

Arbos, who stutters when he speaks but not when he sings, said he learned the song the night before after a last-minute song switch.

“I had chosen a different song,” Arbos said.

Seacrest offered Arbos words of encouragement and the crowd continued to cheer for him. One person yelled, “We love you Lazaro.” Arbos has developed a loyal fan base, earning the fourth highest number of votes in the competition last week.

Arbos seemed to be trying to maintain his composure on stage. He continued to look away from the camera until the commercial break.

When the show returned, Seacrest brought the attention back to Arbos’ emotional departure.

“You can see how much that means to him,” Seacrest said. “What’s the key to staying true to himself?”

The key is to listen to his inner voice, Urban said.

Minaj said Arbos should just let the criticism roll off.

“We have been loving everything he’s been doing,” she said.

Arbos and the rest of the contestants just have to learn to balance it all, Seacrest concluded.

“It is part of it, dealing with ... the pressure of this show,” Seacrest said.

One more finalist will be sent home Thursday during a live show that airs at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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