How Far Can American Idol 2013’s Lazaro Arbos Go?

Lazaro Arbos

I think it’s safe to say Lazaro Arbos has survived much longer on American Idol 2013 than most of us expected he would when we first met him. He’s a great guy and a good singer, but is he really Top 8 material much less Top 10 or Top 20?

When the first vote rankings were revealed during the initial finalist round I was very surprised to find Lazaro with the 4th most votes out of the entire competition. It was an incredible achievement, but was it warranted? Well I guess I’d have to ask what warrants a vote. The best vocals, the best performance, the best plea at the end when they flash their fingers as numbers? It’s whatever the audience wants. That’s what keeps “lesser” singers in the competition while sending home the Daughtry or Hudson. No logic is required to mash keys for votes and that’s just fine.

Does it really matter if Lazaro outlasts Burnell Taylor or Devin Velez? No, it really doesn’t. He won’t make it to the end, he won’t win, and he won’t be the next American Idol. If audiences love this guy for his compelling back story more than his voice then that’s fine with me.

How far do you want to see Lazaro go this season? Has he overstayed his welcome or is he right where he belongs? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.