Chris Medina Brings American Idol Viewers, Judges to Tears

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We heard the story of Chris Medina days before this American Idol hopeful appeared on the show last night.

But that didn't make his Milwaukee audition any less emotional, as Medina recounted the story of his fiancee, Juliana, who got into a horrific car accident in October 29 and remained in a coma for over a month before awakening with brain damage.

Soon after impressing the panel with his sheer vocal talent on "Break Even," Medina wheeled Juliana into the studio, where all three judges greeted her before announcing the news: her man was headed to Hollywood! Watch the heartwarming tale in its entirety now:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]