American Idol

Must-see 'Idol' moment: Chris Medina's heartbreaking story

Jan. 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM ET

Hanky alert!

It’s not unusual for “American Idol” hopefuls to bring equal parts talent and sad backstory to the show, but the tale Chris Medina shared during his Wednesday night audition wasn’t just sad. It was heartbreaking. 

Before belting out an impressive rendition of The Script’s "Break Even," Medina told the judges all about Juliana Ramos, his fiancée. Ramos suffered a traumatic brain injury just two months before she was set to marry Medina in 2009. He now cares for her.

Medina introduced Ramos to the panel prior to finding out his "Idol" future. Everyone’s favorite judge of the season so far, Steven Tyler, kissed Ramos and whispered in her ear, "That’s why he sings so good, because he sings to you."

The 26-year-old singer is going to Hollywood.

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