Medina captured the hearts of “American Idol” viewers during the Season 10 auditions with the tragic tale concerning his fiancée Juliana Ramos, who suffered a brain injury in a car accident shortly before the two were to walk down the aisle. With Juliana in tow, Medina took to the stage and wowed the judges with his version of The Script’s “Breakeven.” He made it to the Top 40 before being cut from the show, a moment that went down in reality TV history due to Jennifer Lopez’s tearful meltdown. His consolation prize: His Juliana-inpsired single “What Are Words” became a radio hit in Norway and Sweden, where he is now a huge pop star. -Jeff Royer
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