Arbos was born in Cuba to parents Gizela Andraca and Reinaldo Arbos. The family moved to Naples, Florida, when he was 10 years old.He graduated from Gulf Coast High School in 2009.
Arbos speaks with a significant stutter, which developed at age six.When he sings, the stutter disappears.While he has participated in speech and language therapy, the stutter still remains prominent while speaking.Prior to American Idol, he worked as a scooper at Rita’s Italian Ice;he said it was “the only job I can get where I don’t have to do ‘smart people’ stuff like talking”.
Arbos auditioned for the twelfth season of American Idol in Chicago with the song “Bridge over Troubled Water”. He surprised the judges when, after speaking to them with a significant stutter, he did not stutter when he began to sing. In the semifinals, he performed “Feeling Good” by Cy Grant. On March 7, 2013, Arbos was voted into the finals. In the Top 7 round, his performance of “We Are the Champions” by Queen earned him enough votes to place him among the top three contestants. Arbos was voted off on the April 11, 2013, episode, finishing in sixth place. He was the last male contestant to be eliminated, leaving an all-female Top 5 for the first time in the show’s history, and ending the show’s five-year male winning streak