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Major 'Idol' heartstrings

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  January 27, 2011 06:33 AM

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Oh lordy. This is a powerful little clip from last night's "American Idol" auditions. Chris Medina, 26, shows up to sing before the judges, and his story just might break your heart in a few new places.

Two months before he and Juliana Ramos were set to get married, she was in a car accident and suffered a brain injury. After being in a coma for six weeks, she is now seriously brain damaged and in a wheelchair. Of course the segment is way over-the-top; the "Idol" producers know how to identify a juicy story that will get attention. After he sings (beautifully, by the way), Chris wheels in his fiance and the judges rush over to her. Interestingly, Steven Tyler seems to be the most moved -- and believably so, as he embraces and kisses her affectionately.

I'm not saying Chris deserves to win because of this tragedy; "Idol" shouldn't be a pity contest. And of course my cynical side is offended at the naked manipulations of this segment, as well as so many other "Idol" segments. But still this one got me a little choked up, I'm not gonna lie. 

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