Friday, January 28, 2011

American Idol's Chris Medina, Video What Has Become of Me

Chicagoan Chris Medina, 26, melted hearts in his show-ending audition with the story about his longtime love, Juliana Ramos, and the car accident that forever changed their lives. After eight years together, Medina proposed to his girlfriend two years ago and the couple planned to wed soon after. A short time later, though, she was in a car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and in a coma that doctors didn't think she'd wake from.

Video: American Idol's Chris Medina, "What Has Become of Me?"

The show has always dealt with heightened emotions, dramatic moments and tragic back stories, and this season alone has already delivered a few of those moments — starting all the way back in the first season, when Jim Verraros used sign language to express his emotional audition to his deaf parents. Some of the stories defined contestants entire existences on the show, like Danny Gokey (whose wife of 12 years passed away only a few weeks before his audition following her third heart surgery) or Josiah Lemming (a kid who lived in his car and whose only family was a terminally ill mother). Or what about Asia'h Epperson, whose father died in a car crash only two days before she auditioned to be on the show in season seven?

But Medina's biggest competition has to come from Angela Martin, who managed to have the most tragic run of luck in the history of "American Idol." When she first appeared in season seven, her father passed away just before she competed in Hollywood. A year later, she was forced to drop out of the top 50 because of a traffic warrant. When she tried again in season nine, her entire experience was under the cloud of her mother's mysterious disappearance. On top of all that, Martin was a single mom with a special needs child, which meant that every roadblock in her way was extra tragic, simply because she had already been through so much.

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