Chris Medina on Meeting Fiancee Juliana and Why J.Lo Cried When He Got Kicked Off ‘Idol’
Fans of ‘American Idol’ know that periodically, a contestant brings more than a good voice to the show — they bring an emotional backstory that touches both the judges and the viewers. This year, that contestant was Chris Medina.
The 26-year-old aspiring singer from Illinois was engaged to marry Juliana Ramos, his longtime girlfriend, in December 2009. But two months before they were supposed to walk down the aisle, Juliana was involved in a major car accident. Tragically, the crash left her partially paralyzed and caused traumatic brain injuries. Medina continued on with her, not only as her fiancee but now as her primary caretaker. And he didn’t give up singing.
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Crystal Bowersox Opry Debut!
Crystal Bowersox sang “Mine All Mine” at the Grand Ole Opry tonight! Also Bo Bice sang with the Oak Ridge Boys.
David Cook Mixing His Upcoming CD
Music Producer/Mixer Tim Palmer tweets, “Finishing up some mixes with David Cook today at ’62 Studios..sneaked out for Lunch at ‘The Salt Lick’..Nice!”
‘American Idol’s’ Chris Medina: Jennifer Lopez’s Breakdown Was ‘Touching’
But despite the fact that Medina is not in “Idol’s” top 24 this year, things are looking up for the 26-year-old musician and Starbucks barista. After his elimination, Medina went into the studio to record an original song, “What Are Words, ” with hitmaker Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga). The song premiered overnight on iTunes, and the proceeds from downloads will go towards the Juliana Recovery Fund (laurusfoundation.org) — a foundation for his fiancée Juliana Ramos, who was left brain damaged after a serious car accident that occurred two weeks before they were set to marry. The “What Are Words” music video was scheduled to premiere Friday at 2 pm ET on AOL.com, followed by a stint on NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
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The Passion of the Jlo
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‘American Idol’ Vocal Coaches: Thia Megia Is ‘Amazing’ & Charice Fans Will Help Carry Her To The Top! Exclusive
We’ve only reached the American Idol Top 24, but two of the hit reality show’s vocal coaches predict Thia Megia will go far in the competition. Not only does she have the support of her friend Charice’s fans around the world, she’s one of the best talents they’ve seen!
“The kid is amazing. She’s 15. She’s so beyond her years musically, it’s insane, ” Michael Orland raved about the pint-size belter from Mountain House, Calif. to HollywoodLife.com at the Idol Prom in Hollywood Feb. 24.
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Kimberly Caldwell sends a shout-out from the Idol Prom
Kimberly Caldwell took a few minutes out of Thursday’s American Idol Top 24 “Idol Prom” to send a shout-out to Idol Chatter readers and catch us up on her new album, Without Regret, that’s due April 19.
The “Idol Prom, ” hosted by AT&T and Motorola, took place at the Roosevelt in Hollywood. Former Idol contestants who attended the bash included Ace Young, Allison Irhaeta, Andrew Garcia, Constantine Maroulis, Scott MacIntyre and Tim Urban.
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I Got This In An Email
Some of Hollywood’s hottest talent turned out at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood last night (Thurs., Feb. 24) to support the newly announced American Idol Top 24 at “Idol Prom” hosted by AT&T. At the event, the Top 24 were surprised with the news that they were receiving the brand new Motorola Atrix 4G, complete with a lapdock and multimedia HD dock, and one year of free wireless service from AT&T.
Jennifer Hudson: ESSENCE Luncheon Lady
Stepping out for a fabulous industry event, Jennifer Hudson was spotted at the 4th Annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon yesterday (February 24).
The “American Idol” alum held her son David Otunga Jr. as she posed for the paparazzi at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Jennifer Hudson’s Baby Makes Red Carpet Debut
ET’s Kevin Frazier was on the carpet with the Grammy and Academy Award winner, who says her young son didn’t seem shy at all around all the people and flashing lights: “He loves it. He’s my date tonight!”
Kevin also asked Jennifer about all the attention she’s been getting since slimming down and losing the baby weight. “I remember when I first started it, I was like ‘Yeah, okay I’ll do it’ — and I didn’t even think twice about it. So the response has been unbelievable, ” Jennifer said.
See the Video at Entertainment Tonight
David Archuleta @ STADIUM OF FIRE Interview
Melinda Doolittle challenges new ‘American Idol’ contestant Jordan Dorsey to step up
The 24 finalists for “American Idol” season 10 were revealed during a special 2-hour “Idol” last night and viewers are already reacting across the digital watercooler. Season six veteran Melinda Doolittle, who impressively finished third, gave HitFix her reaction to last night’s revelation and admitted she had some favorites.
Doolittle noted, “Casey Abrams makes me so happy, I can’t stand it and Robbie Rosen’s voice is just gorgeous! I wish I could explain every ranking, but we’ll save that for when there are maybe 12 contestants or less. ”
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Sanjaya Malakar Says ‘Idol’ Viewers Saw the Real Jennifer Lopez
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Chris Daughtry working on a new song in the Studio
Chris Daughtry tweets, “Been working on a new tune in my studio today. I dig it so far…tentatively titled “Breaking My Fall”
‘Glee’s Matthew Morrison Before He Was Famous – In ‘Fresh Step’
Before he was famous, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison performed in a fake boy band on “The Late Show.” He recently reminded Letterman that he made his professional show business debut on the “Late Show” stage, and, well, Dave ran a clip. Take a look.
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