The Emotional Back Story Behind ‘American Idol’s’ Chris Medina
First Published: January 27, 2011 6:23 PM EST Credit: FOX
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Chris Medina was the breakout star on Monday night’s audition episode of “American Idol,” as he tugged at America’s heartstrings for more than just his singing.
Chris auditioned, performing The Script’s “Breakeven,” and he brought along his beloved fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who is confined to a wheelchair following a tragic car accident. Today, Access Hollywood has new details about this emotional story.
Chris, an aspiring singer, said he fell in love with Juliana the first moment he saw her and the two became engaged in the coffee shop she worked in, in 2007.
They had planned to wed two years after getting engaged, but shortly before they could walk down the aisle, Juliana suffered a brain injury in a tragic car accident.
On the exact day they were supposed to get married, Chris shared a song he wrote for his ladylove on Facebook.
“I’m giving all I’ve got to give/To Pull You through/To set you free/More than the vow/‘Through thick and thin’/I’m living it/In your darkest hour, I will be your light,” were some of his heartfelt lyrics. Click HERE to check out Chris’ song.
According to Juliana’s MySpace page, which appears to not have been updated since December 2007, her idol is Oprah Winfrey and she is a major music fan, especially of musicals like “Rent” and “Wicked,” and Chris’ band at the time, The Green Light.
Even rocker and “Idol” judge Steven Tyler could see that Juliana remains a fan of her fiance’s music, accompanying him to the audition, where she met the judges and show host Ryan Seacrest.
“I just heard your fiance sing and he’s so good,” Steven told Juliana following Chris’ audition. “You know, ‘cause he sings to you all the time, I could tell. Love that… That’s why he sings so good – because he sings to you.”
Chris received a ticket to Hollywood, which Juliana proudly waved.
While he is heading to Hollywood to pursue his dream of singing, Chris continues to take care of Juliana, alongside her mother.
A source close to the family told Access on Thursday that the young woman “is constantly improving. Crossing milestones all the time.”
Chris’ love story touched more than America. It reached Irish rockers The Script, who Tweeted about the young man covering their song at his audition.
“Chris Medina: Not only R U a major talent but U R 1 in a billion! Stay Strong,Never waver,This world needs more MEN like U. Peace+Love,” the band’s guitarist, Mark Sheehan, Tweeted on Wednesday.
For more information on Juliana, her injury and how you can help the couple, click HERE.
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