Before the 12th season of American Idol even began, the feud between judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was all people could talk about, sparking rumors that it would take the spotlight off the contestants. On last night’s episode, all of that was put aside when Lazaro Arbos stepped into the room.
Lazaro, the last contestant shown to audition in Chicago, has suffered through stuttering his entire life, making it a struggle for him to speak. But once he opens his mouth to belt out the first note, all of that goes away.
Watch his moving audition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Warning: you will get goose bumps and you may shed a tear… or two.