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American Idol Hopeful Chris Medina – Exploitative or Inspirational Story?

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Last night at the “American Idol” Milwaukee hopeful Chris Medina wowed judges with his rendition of “Breakeven” by The Script. But it was his harrowing back story that really grabbed attention.

Two years ago, Chris was engaged to the beautiful Juliana Ramos, a Starbucks waitress. They had been dating for six years when tragedy struck just weeks before their wedding date. On her way home from a shift at the coffee house, at 3.30am that night back in 2009, Juliana’s car hit a patch of water and aquaplaned into a pole. The accident left her comatose for six weeks and she remains paralyzed and brain injured.

The wedding was postponed and the money went toward Juliana’s medical bills but Chris Medina stuck by his fiancée. After Chris got through his audition, the judges asked to see Juliana. She arrived, pushed in a wheelchair and waving to the judges. Steve Tyler was visibly moved and kissed Juliana. Afterward, she told Chris Medina she loved him, a real tear-jerking moment.

The Script’s guitarist, Mark Sheehan, was watching the show and later he Tweeted: “Not only R U a major talent but U R 1 in a billion. Never waver. This world needs more MEN like U. Peace+Love.” Praise indeed!

Spoiler: insiders say Chris Medina at least reaches the “American Idol” Top 40. But would that success have happened without the tragic story? Is emotional pull stronger than singing talent in “American Idol” these days in the search for a good media story?

Check out his audition here:

One Response to “American Idol Hopeful Chris Medina – Exploitative or Inspirational Story?”

  1. Tina says:

    This guy can sing! You can tell he feels the words and he has great control of his voice. As touching as his back story is, I feel he makes it as far as he can on pure talent. Rock On Chris!


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