Photo: Chris Medina and Fiancé Juliana Ramos
Though Fox’s “American Idol” is usually full of characters with interesting stories, crazy outfits, and less than stellar voices, Wednesday’s episode brought America heartfelt crooner Chris Medina.
“What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me the most?” said Medina as he spoke of his fiancé.
The 26-year-old’s fiancé, Juliana Ramos, was in a tragic car accident on October 2nd, 2009, just two months before their wedding. The accident left Ramos in a wheelchair with serious brain damage, but Medina has stood by her side and is now one of her caretakers, along with Ramos’ mother.
After singing The Script’s “Breaking Even,” the judges – Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson – asked if they could meet Medina’s fiancé. When Medina wheeled Ramos into the audition room, the judges rose to greet her.
The Aerosmith frontman told Ramos, “I just heard your fiancé sing, and he’s so good. You know, ‘cause he sings to you all the time.” Leaning down and kissing her head, Tyler, in her ear said, “That’s why he sings so good, ‘cause he sings to you.”
With “Yes” votes from all three judges, Medina, with his fiancé now supporting him, moves on to Hollywood.
Ramos never doubted Medina’s talent though. Outside the audition room, Ramos told him, “I knew it.”
Photo Credits: Steven Tyler talking to Ramos after her fiancé's audition