Could a Lazaro Arbos-Cher duet be in our future?
The newly eliminated “American Idol” contestant told reporters Friday that he is in talks with the legendary performer for a collaboration on the “Idol” finale in a few weeks.
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Lazaro said he and Cher started talking a few months ago on Twitter, after his first audition aired. He said he hadn’t been too familiar with Cher’s music, “’cause she came out way before me, but I do love some of her latest songs.”
Older songs actually proved to be a challenge for Lazaro during the last few weeks. He gave a poor performance from the Lennon-McCartney songbook, forgot lyrics during Motown week, and got the worst marks of his “Idol” journey this week for his Burt Bacharach-Hal David performance.
Lazaro said learning the songs so quickly only elevated his nerves. “We learned them in such a fast time, and then on top of that, when you add the pressure of the live show, your nerves are intensified,” he said. “So I think that’s not very solid in your brain, and you can forget.”
Jimmy Iovine’s scathing critiques on Lazaro didn’t help ease his fears, either.
“I do think that his bad comments about me, I did let them get me a little bit down,” Lazaro said.
On the other hand, he said Jimmy was only a minute presence backstage. “We were never in the same room for like more than five minutes. He was kind of like a mentor on the show that came in once in a while…The times that we met, he seemed really nice.”
Lazaro attributed his Wednesday night pitch problems to a “last-minute key change,” but felt he came back strong in his second number, “Angels.”
His elimination, however, did not surprise him.
“All the guys have been going home,” he said, “so I wasn’t shocked that it was my time to go home. I think that all the five women left are so good.
“In all honesty,” he added, “winning the show wasn’t my main goal.”
Instead, Lazaro said he wanted to become well known as a performer, “and I think that I’m one step closer to that.”
In the meantime, he’ll be embarking on the “Idol” tour, meeting fans, spending time with his fellow contestants, and continuing to grow as a performer and work on his confidence.
Lazaro said the show helped him learn to control his nerves better, and that his stutter has subsided since his initial audition.
“I think that this show forced me to lose my nerves and step up,” he said.