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Interview with Lazaro Arbos of "American
Idol" on FOX 4/12/13
FBC PUBLICITY: American Idol Eliminated Contestant Call
April 12, 2013/1:15 p.m. PDT
Moderator: Welcome to the American Idol Interview Call with
Lazaro Arbos. As a reminder, this conference is being
I would now like to turn the conference over to Molly O’Gara
for opening remarks. Please go ahead.
M. O’Gara: Hi, everybody. Thank you so much for joining us
today for the American Idol Eliminated Contestant Call with
Lazaro. As a reminder, he’s here to talk about his
experience on the show and his plans moving forward. As
always, if we feel anyone is harping on one particular
subject, we do reserve the right to jump in and move the
With that being said, let’s go ahead and start with the
Moderator: We’ll go directly to the line of Jamie Ruby with
J. Ruby: What do you see your future album like? What do you
plan for your music to be like?
L. Arbos: I love love songs a lot, but at the same time I
like pop. I’d want to do a commercial pop album, but with
some love songs as well.
J. Ruby: That’s great. What was your favorite moment during
L. Arbos: My favorite moment of the whole experience?
I would say that I got to meet a lot of amazing people that
I’ll have lifelong bonds with. I think that this show
definitely gave me a stronger mindset.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Mark Stone of Vista
M. Stone: Question: since we first saw you during auditions,
you’ve become a much more confident person and now you’ve
accomplished so much. What is it that you were too afraid to
try before that you’re most looking forward to trying now
when you get home?
L. Arbos: I think this show, like I said before, kind of
forced me to lose my nerves, and step up no matter what. I
don’t have any specific thing that I would like to do, but I
would, if I had to say, I would say I would love to act.
M. Stone: To act?
L. Arbos: Yes.
M. Stone: Yes, I heard you wanted to act on Glee.
L. Arbos: Yes, that is one of my goals after the tour.
M. Stone: If you couldn’t act on Glee, what other show would
you want to act on?
L. Arbos: Modern Family.
M. Stone: That’d be good. Good choice, good choice.
L. Arbos: Because I love that show.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Reg Seeton with
R. Seeton: How does it feel to make it so far in the
competition after working hard to overcome so much?
L. Arbos: A lot of people have been asking me if I’m sad and
I’m so far from sad. I am so well. I’ve got so much going on
that I am most definitely looking forward for what’s to come
in the next. I feel great.
R. Seeton: How did this experience change you from the guy
you were in your first audition? Do you feel much more
L. Arbos: Yes. My stuttering has definitely subsided a little
bit more. I think that part of that has to do with the fact
that I’ve learned to control my nerves better.
R. Seeton: It was great watching you and good luck in the
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Nahal Mottaghian with
N. Mottaghian: I was just wondering what is the first thing
you’re going to do when you get home?
L. Arbos: The first thing I’m going to do, I’ll probably go
to the park with my family because I’ve missed them a lot. I
know for a fact that my old high school has a pep rally for
me, so I’m looking forward to that. We’ll see.
N. Mottaghian: Do you have any regrets from the show?
L. Arbos: Sometimes I wish I was smarter about taking my song
because I think I picked songs that weren’t the right songs
every now and then. But at the same time, I do believe that
everything does happen for a motive, so no.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Karen Bernardello
K. Bernardello: I wanted to ask you, why did you want to
audition for American Idol? What motivated you to go in and
audition for the show?
L. Arbos: I’d like to think the love for performing and the
love for music. I’ve always been the kind of a guy that
wanted to do something big with myself. I would say that,
K. Bernardello: What was some of the best advice you got from
the judges while you were performing on the show?
L. Arbos: The best advice, they just told me to stay away
from love songs. Love songs didn’t compliment my voice. I
wish I could have picked much rangier songs for Wednesday
night, but at the same time I have no regrets.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Jennifer Maurer of
J. Maurer: It must have been a somewhat emotional night for
you last night. I would love to know what was going through
your mind as your fellow contestants gathered around you to
say good bye.
L. Arbos: The part that got me the most sad was that I made
good friends with all the girls remaining. The thought that
I wasn’t going to be with them any more on the show really
got to me. That was the hardest part.
J. Maurer: You’re going to be, obviously, traveling with them
on the tour, which is wonderful, in a couple of months. Was
there anyone in particular that you bonded with that you
will miss the most perhaps?
L. Arbos: Yes, I was really good friends with Amber Holcomb.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Marnie Broderson with
M. Broderson: I wanted to ask you a little bit—there were so
many fun photos on Instagram of everybody having fun behind
the scenes. I was just wondering was it really as friendly
as it seemed or were there times where it was a little bit
more competitive among you guys.
L. Arbos: Yes, some of the times. We got along for the most
part. I would say that it’s kind of normal to have
disagreements and fight, but at the end of the day we got
along really well and we knew we could count on each other.
M. Broderson: Yes, that really came across. I just wanted to
ask, what do you think you’re most looking forward to on the
tour this summer?
L. Arbos: The thing that I’m looking most forward to on tour
would be meeting my fans backstage, interacting with them.
I’m so grateful for that, for their support, so I can’t wait
to meet them.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Krista Chain with TV
K. Chain: My question was, I just wondered, did you have any
idea that you would be leaving the show last night? Did you
have a feeling that it might be you going home or were you
L. Arbos: I wasn’t surprised because all the guys have been
going home, so I wasn’t shocked that it was my time to go
home. I think that all the five women left are so good and
in all honesty, winning a TV show wasn’t my main goal. My
main goal was to get known and to become a performer. I
think I was closer to that.
K. Chain: Do you have any regrets about choosing the songs
that you sang on Wednesday night? Do you think if you had
chosen a different song that it might have turned out
L. Arbos: Yes, the first song I sung on Wednesday night was
kind of a hard song, where it had lots of minor key changes,
so it was kind of rough. But at the same time, I think I
came back with my last song really well. I don’t think I had
any regrets, because I think my last song I did really well.
Moderator: We have a follow-up question from the line of
Jamie Ruby with scifivision.com.
J. Ruby: I agree with her, you did sing the save song really
well. That’s actually my favorite one you sang before, too.
I really like that song. Is there someone that in the future
you’d love to get to sing with, like a famous singer?
L. Arbos: I think for the finale we are trying to sing with
Cher. That’s my goal.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Michele Angermiller
with The Hollywood Report.
c I have a question; it’s about Nicki. Nicki
was always saying every week for a while there that she
believed that Jimmy getting in your head, that maybe the
advice you were getting from Jimmy was having an effect on
your performances? Did you agree with Nicki with that
assessment, because I’ve never been in a room with Jimmy
Iovine. Tell me what that’s like.
L. Arbos: Whenever we were in the same room for more than
five minutes, he was like a mentor on the show that came in
once in a while. We never got to really interact more, but
the times we met he seemed really nice. I kind of questioned
that, but at the same time I do think that his bad comments
bothered me. I did let him get me a little bit down.
M. Angermiller: How about working with guys on the group
number with Burnell and Devin. I know there was a little bit
of confusion with the lyrics. What happened there?
L. Arbos: We’d never heard that song in our lives. I’m not
talking for them, but when it comes to me, no. I just think
that what went wrong was that we learned them in such a fast
time and then on top of that, when you add the pressure of
live show, your nerves intensify. I think then that’s not
very solid in your brain. You can forget, yes.
M. Angermiller: Best of luck to you. I thought “Bridge Over
Troubled Water” was probably one of my favorites with you. I
know my mom loved it.
L. Arbos: Thank you.
Moderator: Next we’ll go to the line of Andrea Dresdale:, ABC
A Dresdale: Did you say that you were trying to arrange to
sing with Cher on the finale and if so, is she a big
inspiration to you? Are you a fan of hers? Do you know her
L. Arbos: I know her. Six months ago when the show came on
she saw me and she connected with me. She followed me on
twitter and we’ve been talking back and forth since then. I
love her songs.
A Dresdale: Before she reached out to you though, you were a
Cher fan? You were familiar with her music?
L. Arbos: I wasn’t too familiar with all of her songs because
she came out way before me, but I do love some of her songs.
I love “Do You Believe In Love?” I love “If I Can Turn Back
Time” and I love her.
M. O’Gara: At this point we’re going to wrap up the
conference call for today. Thank you everyone for joining
us. As a reminder, American Idol airs Wednesdays and
Thursdays on Fox and photos can be found on foxflash.com.
At this time, I’m going to turn the call back over to Lazaro
for some final remarks. Laz?
L. Arbos: I would just like to thank everyone for taking the
time to call and am sure you will follow me on twitter for
tour updates and the iTunes songs. I love you.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, this conference will be
available for replay at 2:45 p.m. through April 19th at
midnight. That does conclude our conference for today. We
thank you for your participation and for using AT&T
Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect.
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