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'American Idol's' Chris Medina Leaves Fans in Tears ... But Can He Sing?

by Hilary Rothing, posted Jan 27th 2011 2:05PM
'American Idol' hopeful Chris Medina's heartbreaking love story reads like a Nicholas Sparks novel. The 26-year-old Barista was on the verge of marrying his fiancee, Juliana Ramos, after a two-year engagement when she was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in serious brain trauma and left her confined to a wheelchair.

However, Medina's love and devotion to Ramos did not waiver. Where another man might have fled, Medina dedicated himself to his fiancee, becoming her caretaker, along with Ramos's mother.

Indeed, Medina's story could break even the hardest of hearts. But does it have a place in what's supposed to be a talent competition?

After fans and critics finished wiping away the tears, the question of Medina's "personal" edge in the competition came into play. Like the case of fellow Milwaukee audtioner and season eight finalist, Danny Gokey, some feel Medina's story might make an average performance seem a bit larger than life. After all, not every contestant get's to have the kind of interaction Medina and his fiancee had with the judges. But then again, not every contestant has been through the kind of life-changing tradgedy these two have.

And then there's the issue of exploitation on the producers part. After nine seasons, we're accustomed to 'Idol' sob stories but when does telling a constant's personal story begin to border on bad taste?

The truth is, it really doesn't matter what we, the viewers at home think. We're weren't in the room when Medina and Ramos had their moment with the judges. Instead, we're sitting at home watching it from the cold distance of our televisions. If Chris Medina and his fiancee drew any strength and comfort from the moment, that's all we can ask for.

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on Fox


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June

who put her on that stage?

January 29 2011 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Face Plant

Bringing your vegetable wife to the auditions was an edge that he probably knew the producers were going to pounce on and exploit. His singing is just below average but will nevertheless be lauded with praise because now everyone will believe it is "inspirational". I'm not bashing the man for what he did for her, because that is amazing, but why can't he just walk into that room and let his voice speak for himself?

January 28 2011 at 1:10 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Dolly

Chris has talent, a tremendous amount of talent, I'm not sure about. But if they could make a star out of Tracy what's her name, why not Chris. They're about on the same level.

Regarding his and his fiance's very sad story, I pray she gets better and he's to be admired.

January 27 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deesmith205

Chris Medina was wonderful, it had nothing to do with his situation he can sing like a bird, I think he his great. But thats just one persons opinion.

January 27 2011 at 7:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
crosslasd

Steven Tyler is GREAT......I had my doubts but he is the BEST!

January 27 2011 at 5:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mrc1006

I wonder how some of the 'contestants' had the nerve to go before an audience with the voices they have. His tragic story may have tipped the scales for some, but he was the best of the lot that I heard.

January 27 2011 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tallbartender4

This is a little bit better. Maybe you're not 50 something.

January 27 2011 at 5:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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