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Posted Thu, February 24, 2011 1:25am EDT

'American Idol' Recap: Was Chris Medina Wrongfully Eliminated?

Fan favorite Chris Media got booted before he made the Top 24, but judging from Jennifer Lopez’s distraught reaction to his cut, this might not be the last time we see him!

Chris Medina warmed the hearts of the American Idol judges and fans during the season 10 auditions in Milwaukee with the tragic tale of his paraplegic fiancee. Unfortunately, his sad story didn’t carry him all the way to the Top 24. In one of the most competitive years in Idol history, the 27-year-old musician was cut in an emotional elimination.

Watching Jennifer Lopez break down after giving Chris the bad news during the Feb. 23 episode was almost more upsetting than seeing the talented barista walk out the door. Despite Randy Jackson and Stephen Tyler‘s reassurances, J. Lo literally could NOT hold it together. She was sobbing into her tissue and threatening to quit the elimination portion of the competition.

Even though I thought producers over dramatized the situation for the sake of having a “cliff hanger,” I have to give Jennifer props. Never before has one of the world’s most notorious divas been so relatable and sympathetic.

Although Chris got the ax, five of his competitors were admitted to the Top 24: Haley Reinhart, 18; Naima Adedapo, 26; Clint Jun Gamboa, 26; Paul McDonald, 27; Ashton Jones, 24. Many of the featured minors — aka Scotty, Tia Magia and Lauren Alaina — will discover their fates tomorrow.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the last we’re going to see Chris. I’ve already received word he’ll be performing on Jay Leno‘s The Tonight Show Friday, Feb. 25. Plus, there’s scuttlebutt in the fan community the judges will bring him back in the wild card round, which will be announced March 3.

Do YOU think Chris deserved to be in the Top 24? Do you agree with the first five contestants they revealed? Sound off below!

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