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Jan272011

'Idol' Judges Moved by Chris Medina's Performance and Story

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- It's the tearjerker moment from Wednesday's American Idol that everyone is talking about. Aspiring contestant Chris Medina, from Oak Forest, Ill., sang an emotional rendition of The Script's "Breakeven" before bringing his wheelchair-bound fiancé Juliana Ramos, who suffered a traumatic brain injury during a car accident in 2009, into the audition room to meet the judges.

Though the judges were moved by both Ramos and his performance, some American Idol fans are already complaining about the so-called "Gokey" effect, referring to season eight's Danny Gokey, whose wife died of congenital heart disease four weeks before his audition.

"I feel terrible for what happened to him and his fiancee, but is it fair to everyone else?" one person wrote on USA Today's American Idol message board. "Maybe there is nothing fair about this show and I am being crazy, but the show should not be doing this."

"Thanks Brian. I had tears tonight," another person wrote. "I hope the hate for him isn't as bad as it was for Gokey S8."

Medina, a 26-year-old Chicago native, had planned to marry Ramos in December 2009, two years after he proposed to her at the Starbucks where she worked as a barista.

But on October 2, 2009, two weeks before her planned bridal shower, Ramos was severely injured in a car accident on her way home. The accident left her nearly paralyzed, with traumatic brain injuries, as well as a skull and facial fractures. The bridal shower turned into a fundraiser for her medical costs.

"Even though the doctors said she wasn't going to make it, I believed 100 percent she was going to," Medina said during a taped piece on "Idol." "I didn't know what to expect after that, but I certainly knew she wasn't going to die. A month and half later she woke up."

Now Medina, along with Ramos' mother, is her full-time caretaker. "I was about to make vows two months before the accident," he said. "What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me most?"

But Medina, who has a band called Able Body, had not forgotten his singing aspirations. On the band's Myspace page, he has posted several songs, including a video for the song "What Has Become of Me" that he wrote during Ramos' hospital stay.

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