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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2013) — Stuttering Foundation president Jane Fraser had the following comment about Thursday's American Idol show featuring Lazaro Arbos, a contestant who stutters:
"The Stuttering Foundation is jumping for joy after seeing Lazaro Arbos successfully move on to the Hollywood round! For his courage to speak and perform on one of the most-watched shows on television in America, Lazaro Arbos is already a winner to the stuttering community. His participation on American Idol is an inspiration to so many and provides us with yet another wonderful opportunity to educate the public about stuttering. It is very common for people who stutter to be able to sing fluently and beautifully. B.B. King, Carly Simon, Bill Withers and Nancy Wilson are among the most famous singers who stutter. All have been prominently featured in our Famous People Who Stutter brochure and poster which can be viewed on our website at www.StutteringHelp.org. Lazaro is in great company and we wish him great success throughout his singing career!"