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Collier County resident Lazaro Arbos has survived to sing another week on "American Idol."
Arbos was in the bottom three of the eight remaining candidates this wee. But at the end of the show, it was Devin Velez who was sent home.
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Southwest Florida singer Lazaro Arbos brought Motown to the “American Idol” stage tonight, and the judges praised his style.
Judge Randy Jackson, who panned Arbos’ performance last week, seemed to be ready to give the Gulf Coast High School graduate a second Golden Ticket.
“I don’t know if you’ve completely redeemed yourself, but this is far better than last week,” Jackson said.
The show was Motor City-themed, and eight remaining contestants sang songs that came straight from Detroit. Arbos,21, an aspiring singer who stutters when he speaks but not when he sings, chose Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life.”
Judge Mariah Carey said the song choice was “smart,” and complimented Arbos’ attitude. Lately, the judges have been telling Arbos that he needs to reconnect with his confidence. Carey noticed a difference this week.
“To me, it felt like you were back,” she said. “And I’m happy about that.”
Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer, songwriter and record producer, helped “Idol” competitors prepare this week. Judge Keith Urban said Robinson’s advice made a difference in Arbos’ performance.
“Tonight was exponentially better,” Urban said.
The judges comments were also exponentially better than last week, when Jackson characterized Arbos’ performance as his worst yet. But Arbos told the Daily News Tuesday that he does not resent the judges when they are harsh with him.
“I don’t get mad at what they say because I think that what they say ... that’s not to make you bad, that’s to make you grow and perform better next week,” Arbos said.
The show returns for another elimination — and to celebrate its 450th episode — Thursday at 8 p.m. on FOX.