I think his grandpa taught him? Anyway ... my father would have loved him.
People forget ( or don't care) that Lazaro was born in another country, his mother doesn't even speak English, and he has a very severe speaking disability.
I just wish people would put themselves in his place ... and then perhaps they would understand Mariah's insistence on using "courage" when talking about him.
Understand ... he probably can't even order a pizza ... or worse, call for help if he needs it.
I don't pity him. I admire his strength and believe this exposure may be his miracle ... and American Idol, his American Angel!
Well said Echo226!!!! It cost nothing to show a little compassion. This is entertainment for us, but these contestants are very young. I understand that this business is brutal, but that doesn't give us a pass to pile on. I really pray that this is his miracle. Everyone knew from the first that he would not be a true contender, if for no other reason than his being male. It is my hope that he will have gained much more than it has cost him, when all is said and done. Everything they have shown regarding his life indicates that he has struggled in ways I can't imagine and, by his own words, I believe he has struggled with self-worth/self-esteem. This cost us nothing.
If I were Lazaro, I'd be working even harder to get the song lyrics correct knowing that I am already at a disadvantage. I don't think he is though. I am sure he can order a pizza and call for help if he needs it. He knows he can sing without stuttering, so sing for the pizza or help, he's not helpless, like he wants us to believe. Bottom line is he can't sing as well as the other contestants. His issues with stuttering is what is keeping him in the competition. Some folks just love a good sob story behind the artist. Problem is, no matter how hard a life someone may or may not have had, isn't going to make them a better singer. JMO
Thanks again for making me laugh!
ETA: I also now have the tune/words to "Sing for your Supper" stuck in my head! :lol
John Stevens was the red headed crooner. I bought his CD. :blush
Also, I don't think he wants us to think he is helpless, I think that is a jump people have made based on the fact that they don't enjoy him and are irritated that he is still there when others are leaving. Everyone keeps saying his admitting to not remembering the lyrics is an excuse, I just see it as an admission of failure. I guess I just suspect there may be issues in play to which we are not privy. I also think that because of his stuttering he is not always able to communicate what he means to say.
Yes, I hate seeing others go before him, but this isn't the first time a contestant of lesser ability has outstayed what many think is their time. I'm not the best at remembering every season and every contestant, but I know there have been a number of seasons when this has happened. When a season is over, I don't let it take up too much space in my limited memory:blush.
From early on my concerns have been that he not get too beat up in the process, and I'm not talking about the industry itself, but all the extraneous factors of being on this show.
I think when you have to memorize a song in a language that is not your first language it may be more difficult. Also, I don't know what they are given to learn the song. Is it audio or printed material? Sometimes if you can memorize by listening it's easier than if you have to READ and memorize the written word in a language that is not your own. Lazaro just seems to have one of the nicer personalities.
Let the sun keep shining on him.
The Stuttering Foundation of America already considers him (Lazaro)an American idol.
Said the foundation in a press release, “For his courage to speak and perform on one of the most-watched shows on television in America, Lazaro Arbos is already a winner to the stuttering community.”
o I guess the much maligned Mariah was right!