Arbos the Last Man Standing on “American Idol”

Lazaro Arbos isn’t only the last Latino standing on American Idol… He’s also the last man standing!

The 21-year-old Cuban American singer is the only male contestant left on Fox’s reality singing competition after Burnell Taylor was sent packing on Thursday’s results show.

Lazaro Arbos

Taylor is the fourth guy in a row to get the boot, following the eliminations of Curtis Finch Jr., Paul Jolley and Devin Velez.

Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine had predicted Taylor would be in the bottom two for his performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name,” along with Arbos.

Surprisingly, Lazaro whom Jimmy thought would be sent home was one of the week’s top three vote-getters along with Angie Miller and Kree Harrison. Even more shocking, Janelle Arthur landed in the bottom two along with Burnell despite her solid performance.

Arbos Among the Five Latinos in American Idol’s Top 20

The future looks oh-so-bright for the Latino competitors like Lazaro Arbos on American Idol this season…

Following two weeks of intense Sudden Death episodes in Las Vegas, Mariah Carey and her fellow Idol judges have picked their Top 20 girls and guys to advance to the next round on Fox’s hit singing competition.

Lazaro Arbos

This season five Latinos, including the 21-year-old Cuban American hopeful with a speech impediment who has consistently impressed judges since his first audition, have made it through.

Arbos, who performed Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Want to Cry,” was the last Latino to make it through. He was the only Hispanic singer in this Thursday’s Sudden Death round.

Nicki Minaj said Arbos played it safe “in a good way” and called his performance very truthful, while Randy Jackson said there’s a “sweet spot” in Arbos’ voice and it’s like no one else’s in the competition.

Earlier this week, Breanna Steer was the last Latina to make the cut following her performance of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.” The 18-year-old part-Honduran American singer impressed the judges with her powerful performance.

Minaj called her “sexy on a stick,” while Carey told her she though Steer was “extremely marketable and gorgeous and talented.”

Last week, Devin Velez and Elijah Liu survived their extremely competitive Sudden Death round to advance.

Velez, an 18-year-old Chicago native performed a bilingual version of Beyonce’s “Listen” that earned kudos from the judges.

Minaj called his decision to sing in English and Spanish a “smart choice,” making him more marketable.

Liu, an 18-year-old half-Mexican American singer from California, performed Bruno Mars’ “Talking To The Moon.”

The half-Mexican/half-Chinese American hopeful had Minaj declaring, “I would sign you today!”

The first Hispanic hopeful to advance in the competition last week was Tenna Torres. The 28-year-old Puerto Rican & African American singer performed Natasha Bedingfield‘s “Soulmate.”

Minaj praised Torres on her 1990’s R&B tone, while Urban called it “a beautiful song for you to do,” adding, “It’s also a deceptively big song that requires a lot of control, which you mostly had throughout that performance.”

The Top 20 will all perform next week, with the public vote set to decide their fate for the first time.

Here’s the complete list of the Top 20 Guys & Girls:

Adriana Latonio
Amber Holcomb
Angela Miller
Aubrey Cleland
Breanna Steer
Candice Glover
Janelle Arthur
Kree Harrison
Tenna Torres
Zoanette Johnson

Burnell Taylor
Charlie Askew
Cortez Shaw
Curtis Finch, Jr.
Devin Velez
Elijah Liu
Lazaro Arbos
Paul Jolley
Nick Boddington
Vincent Powell

Arbos Among the Latinos Advancing to the Las Vegas Round on “American Idol”

He’s made it past the Hollywood rounds… And, now Lazaro ArbosAmerican Idol dreams will take him to Las Vegas…

During Thursday night’s episode of the Fox reality singing competition, the 21-year-old Cuba-born singer was named as one of the 40 Idol hopefuls advancing to the next round.

Lazaro Arbos

Arbos, who gave a heart wrenching audition to earn a golden ticket to Hollywood, was one of the final 20 boys to survive the Hollywood round after Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban cut eight more boys on Thursday night.

But Arbos isn’t the only Latino competitor heading to Las Vegas…

On the boys’ side, 18-year-old Devin Velez and 27-year-old Josh “JDA” Davila have advanced; on the girls’ side, 28-year-old Tenna Torres has made it to the next round.

Next week, Idol moves to Las Vegas, where only 20 contestants will remain after that round.

Here’s a look at the 40 remaining hopefuls:

Top 20 males:

  • Lazaro Arbos
  • Charlie Askew
  • Nick Boddington
  • Curtis Finch, Jr.
  • Kevin Harris
  • Joshua Holiday
  • JDA
  • Paul Jolley
  • Johnny Keyser
  • Elijah Liu
  • Vincent Powell
  • Gurpreet Singh Sarin
  • Cortez Shaw
  • Jimmy      Smith
  • Bryant Tadeo
  • Burnell Taylor
  • Mathenee Treco
  • Devin Velez
  • Chris Watson
  • David Willis

Top 20 females:

  • Melinda Ademi
  • Janelle Arthur
  • Juliana Chahayed
  • Cristabel Clack
  • Aubrey Cleland
  • Candice Glover
  • Rachel Hale
  • Kree Harrison
  • Jett Hermano
  • Amber Holcomb
  • Brandy Hotard
  • Isabelle
  • Zoanette Johnson
  • Adriana Latonio
  • Angela Miller
  • Kamaria Ousley
  • Breanna Steer
  • Tenna Torres
  • Shubha Vedula
  • Jenny Beth Willis