Kirstin Says: Chris Medina Is The New Danny Gokey Of 'American Idol!' He's Got A Great Voice & A Sad Story.

Wed, January 26, 2011 11:51pm EDT by 7 Comments

Everything from American Idol contestant Chris Medina’s humble attitude, to his brilliant voice, to his sob story, remind me of season eight’s Danny Gokey!

Season eight of American Idol brought us third place finalist, Danny Gokey, who charmed the country with his quiet confidence, smooth vocals and tragic tale of his wife’s death. Even though we’re only two weeks into season 10, we already have found this year’s sob story contestant — 26-year-old Chris Medina.

Even though I say “sob story,” I have to admit Chris’ story is truly touching. Two months before he was meant to wed his girlfriend of six years, Juliana, she was in a horrible car accident, fell into a coma and suffered major brain damage.

“Even though the doctors said she wasn’t going to make it, I knew 100 percent she was going to make it,” Chris — a Chicago native — said, explaining how he couldn’t leave her after the 2009 car crash. “What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me the most?”

Now Juliana is awake and functioning, but can barely move or speak. Chris works as a barista and is her full-time caretaker.

“If I were to make it to Hollywood, I feel like it would make her happy about something again,” he told the judges.

And…cue the tears.

Chris sang a flawless rendition of Script’s “Break Even,” which starts with the lyrics, “I’m still alive, but I’m barely breathing.”

Just like his story brought on the flood works, his voice instantly gave me chills. It’s powerful without being jarring. Listening to his falsetto is like being whisked away by angels. Seriously, he’s even better than Gokey — who I thoroughly enjoyed. Of course, the judges were obsessed with Chris and asked to meet his fiancee immediately.

“Hi, I’m Jennifer Lopez,” J. Lo said sweetly to the poor wheelchair bound woman. I couldn’t handle it. It was too much…Chris Medina officially took my heart.

That said, I can’t help but be frustrated with FOX for shoving another tragic tale in my face. Not feeling sympathetic for Chris Medina would be like kicking a teacup puppy. I kind of wish the network would have let us hear his voice and fall in love with his talent first — and THEN learn the story. Instead, now I’m calling him Danny Gokey 2.0, the martyr singer. I hope he brings it in Hollywood and we don’t focus too much on his heart wrenching home life! I want him to get votes for his mad talent…not his heart wrenching tale.

What did YOU think of the Milwaukee auditions? Who were your faves? Sound off below!

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bufkus

Posted at 10:40 PM on February 10, 2011  

Chris Medina is a big time douchebag for exploiting his brain dead girlfriend for votes. In that sense, he is basically Danny Gokey 2.0. What a terrible person. And he sucks at singing too. Only gullible idiots would vote for this scumbag.

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brandon

Posted at 3:19 PM on February 5, 2011  

Not the same, Gokey was a pompous a$$hat. Always smug and thinking he was better than anyone else, failing to take criticism, and he still is. Did you hear he thinks he can win dancing with the stars, and that he is now going to immerse himself in acting, and be the most successful country singers evah!? And his foundation is going to be greater than social service programs that do the very same things? And did I mention his sleazy, creepy smile and beady eyes? UGH!!!

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nanlu

Posted at 12:38 PM on January 27, 2011  

I agree with the wait on his story…….he is very good and believe it or not i like the judges……..thought i would really miss last years judges but all seems to work out so far…….you do a great job reporting and keep up the good work….always look for you reports…….

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Andy

Posted at 10:36 AM on January 27, 2011  

Thanks for reminding me that Danny Gokey exists :)

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jfjhg

Posted at 8:43 AM on January 27, 2011  

Life is so lonely. Why not chang e your sin ge life right now?

——- Bla c k’ w h it e’ F li rts. C” 0- M —–
The most successful interra cial da t ing c lub./// If you are still waiting for your sweet “milk” or “chocolate”, don’t hesitate to check it !! Don’t let your babies wait too long for you !!

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Mark

Posted at 1:05 AM on January 27, 2011  

I was very touched by how Steven Tyler responded to Juliana. That was a tender, precious moment.

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Kirstin Benson

Posted at 1:20 AM on January 27, 2011  

Me too. The whole thing was touching.

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