Chris Medina, the final audition from last night’s Milwaukee Idol auditions is getting all the buzz this morning. It’s not his vocals, which are solid in an alt-rock white-bread way, but his sad back story. In 2009, Juliana Ramos, the finance he was about to marry in two months, was severely brain damaged in a car accident.
The producers exploited the story within an inch of its life, even wheeling the wheel-chair bound woman into the audition room to meet the judges. I’ll give the panel props for treating her with compassion. But the producers milking the situation for ratings? Not so much.
I’m going to leave it at that, because I said my piece in my recap last night.
For those of you who are a fan of Chris’s voice, check out some pre-Idol videos. “What Has Become of Me” is a song Chris wrote while his Julie was recovering in the hospital. The other is an introduction by Chris’s band, The Able Body. The band is obviously all ready for the coming media blitz, setting up and maintaining a website for Chris and his music.
If you would like to donate to help defray Julie Ramos’ medical costs, click this link.
Videos after the JUMP…
What Has Become of Me