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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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