He Doesn’t Stutter When He Sings
Posted January 19, 2013on:
It’s known that most people who stutter don’t stutter when they sing. The brain uses different areas for speech production and singing.
So it was a bit offensive when judges on American Idol told a young man who stutters after singing beautifully during his audition that he should just sing all of the time. Can you imagine singing all the time in everyday communication? Talk about weird and drawing attention to yourself.
Part of that comment was ignorance. The American Idol judges likely haven’t encountered many people who stutter and understandably may not have known how to react. Another judge also finished the contestant’s words before he finished explaining what song he was going to sing. Most people who stutter, including myself, don’t like having their words finished for them.
The stuttering community is all abuzz because we have someone who stutters on national television competing in the popular singing competition. He is “representing!”
The non-stuttering community is all abuzz because he doesn’t stutter when singing and it’s thought to be so amazing.
I think the most important thing here, as shown below, is that Lazaro is stuttering openly and confidently while he pursues his dream. His confidence is what we should focus on, not that he can sing with out stuttering, like most of us can do.
Hopefully, Lazaro will go a long way in the competition so that the American Idol judges, and all the people watching, can learn more about differences. Listen to what he says in addition to how beautifully he sings.