Every once in a while an “American Idol” contestant’s background truly tugs at America’s heartstrings and this season had what some call the story of all stories. That would be the tale of Chicago’s Chris Medina, 26, whose inspiration is his fiancée, Juliana Ramos. Prior to their planned nuptials, Ramos was in a disabling car accident leaving her disfigured and wheelchair bound, with Medina as her caretaker.
It was a story that “Idol” watchers had wanted to see play out on the show, but it looks like that’s come to an end. Both TMZ and the New York Post are reporting that Medina was not one of the semi-finalists chosen last week. Viewers will see who makes it through on this Wednesday’s show, and a top 20 will be picked on Thursday with a party in Hollywood to celebrate later that night, which we will report from.
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TMZ reported that judge Jennifer Lopez broke down in tears when they had to give Medina the bad news: “We’re told J.Lo became so overwhelmed with emotion, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler had to talk her through it. According to our sources, once J.Lo composed herself, hair and makeup had to swoop in to give her a little touch-up.”
So who did make the cut? “Idol” spoiler site joesplaceblog claims to know the top 22. Included in their list are: Jacob Lusk, who brought the house down last week with his emotional performance of “God Bless The Child,” scat master Casey Abrams, Colombian beauty Julie Zorilla, the Glambert-esque James Durbin; 15-year-old “Chubbieber” Jacee Badeaux, and 16 year-old “Lights Down Low” favorite Scotty McCreery. Go to joesplaceblog for the full list.