Why ‘Idol’ contestant’s stutter goes away when he sings

By Kim Carollo

Even as millions tune in to the next round of auditions on “American Idol,” they aren’t likely to forget Lazaro Arbos, one of last week’s stand-out contestants whose voice visibly stunned the judges.

Arbos stuttered while introducing himself and the song he was set to sing, but once he broke into “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” the stammering was gone. The performance won him four “yes” votes from the panel and a spot in the next round in Hollywood.

But it also left many people wondering why a person may stutter while speaking but not while singing.

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About Krzysztof Izdebski

Dr. Krzysztof Izdebski, founder and Chairman of Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to voice and speech dysfunction and a Chairman of the Annual Pacific Voice Conference, a yearly gathering of voice experts is an internationally recognized scientist, clinician and a voice-speech pathologist. He is also a co-founder of the World Voice Consortium, an international body of individuals and institutions dedicated to the study and care of the human voice.

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