Naples’ Lazaro Arbos survives — barely — to sing again on American Idol

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Collier County’s Lazaro Arbos is one of only two male contestants left on “American Idol.”

Thursday’s elimination round — which coincided with the “Idol” 450th episode celebration — seemed to be extra tense for the Gulf Coast High School graduate. Arbos, 21, a Cuban-born crooner, was the last person host Ryan Seacrest said was “safe.”

All the female contestants made it to the next round early on, leaving Arbos and the other two remaining male contestants in the vulnerable bottom three.

Judge Mariah Carey said she was attached to each one.

“I’m sitting here nervous and praying,” she said.

Ultimately, Arbos made it. But at the start of the show, Jimmy Iovine, a music producer who has been coaching the contestants behind the scenes, predicted that wouldn’t happen.

“I think Lazaro is going home,” Iovine said.

Arbos told the Daily News Tuesday that he and Iovine “don’t dislike one another,” though.

“One thing that I’ve learned: When you come into show business, not everyone is going to love you. Not everyone is going to love every song that you sing. But you can’t let that get to you,” Arbos said.

Arbos has built a loyal following because of his vocal skills and his personal story. He stutters prominently when he speaks, but not when he sings. After struggling with his performances for a couple of weeks, Arbos seemed to get some of his mojo back Wednesday with a lively performance of Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life.”

Arbos said it is all about the fans and “the kind of people who really love you for who you are.”

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