Oh American Idol, you do know how to work those emotions.
Young Lazaro Arbos had a stutter, which began at age 6 and got worse as the family moved to Florida. There were times during his chat with the judges where he could barely speak, looking visibly upset and frustrated that he couldn’t articulate himself.
“Tell me about the way you speak: is that something you’re working on?” Mariah Carey asked.
“It’s like a rollercoaster,” he replied, barely able to get past the ‘r’ sound. “You can’t let things get you down because you have to keep going.”
“I think music is his life,” Lazaro’s father said, heart-rendingly, after Lazaro explained that no one wanted to hang out with him in school so he’d stay home alone.
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