The two-night season premiere of “American Idol” ended last night as the country reacted in amazement at Lazaro Arbos’ inspiring journey.  Originally from Cuba, Arbos moved to Florida when he was 10 and has a stutter.  The judges watched with delight as Arbos sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” beautifully and without stuttering.  Lazaro began tearing up as the judges gave him a unanimous “yes.”  His story is an inspirational one and proves the power of music.  Music is Lazaro’s saving grace.  It is his rock; the only place he goes to for protection and security.   I have faith that he will go far in the competition.  He’s got all of America rooting for him!

Before Lazaro amazed us with his brilliance, a quirky singer-songwriter named Kez Ban commanded attention.  Complete with a biting sense-of-humor, great musicianship, and a captivating voice, Kez Ban is the real deal.  She is entertaining and talented.  She is a lot of fun to watch.  Kez Ban is another contestant who I’m rooting for this season.

Another contestant who caught my attention last night was Johnny Keyser, who is returning to “Idol” after being eliminated in the past. He is a talented vocalist and has good looks to match. This was something the judges seemed to notice. The first question Nicki Minaj asked him was, “Do you have a girlfriend?”

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