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Steven Tyler -- The 'Idol' Audition

That Made Him Cry

1/18/2011 8:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steven Tyler had an extremely emotional moment during an "American Idol" audition, when a contestant brought his disabled fiancee to watch him compete.

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Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, the "Idol" judges were in Milwaukee when 27-year-old Chris Medina walked into the room, accompanied by his disabled fiancee, Juliana Ramos.

We're told Chris told the judges he proposed to Juliana two years ago ... and the couple was making wedding plans when tragedy struck.  Juliana got into a horrible car accident on her way home from work in October, 2009, and was left nearly paralyzed with significant brain damage.

The video below was shot one year into Juliana's recovery.

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Chris' singing was great, but Steven was so moved by Chris' story ... he got up out of his chair, teary-eyed, walked over to Juliana, and hugged and kissed her.

Tyler, we're told, is becoming the star of the show, with big emotions ranging from snark to Paula-style sincerity.

Chris, who will appear on next week's show, made the top 40.

As for Chris' wedding, it's been placed on hold.  The medical expenses are so great, a website was launched to help cover the costs.


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mary    

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1372 days ago
17.

bob    

No joke here. I'm gonna give.

And if he wrote that tune , its really good too.

1372 days ago
18.

Ginger    

# 6 - what a joke. I know about the exorbitant taxes you pay for the 'free' health care and the lines you wait in.

This is a fine young man. She is an absolutely beautiful young woman. I wish them all the best.

1372 days ago
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CrabbyPatty    

OMG, that's so sad! Traumatic brain injury is the worst. I wish them the best of luck!!!

1372 days ago
20.

Smooch    

Wow. Just wow. Uplifting! Both of them. And if that is Chris singing, he is amazing.

1372 days ago
21.

the.whiner.from.wasilla    

Steve Tyler is looking more and more like Joan Rivers' twin sister!

1372 days ago
22.

eyeinthesky    

Give me a friggen break!! Do you think this was staged!?! This is Hollywood, anything to bring in ratings, WTF!!!!

1372 days ago
23.

CJ    

#18 Ginger, we don't wait in lines very often and that "exorbitant taxes" quote is a joke. What we pay into nation wide health care is well worth it. For example this young woman's surgery would have been covered and her family would not be stuck with an insane bill. Do your research before you lend critique towards our Health Care system. And I truly hope this young man makes it far with his talent and his future wife receives excellent care.

1372 days ago
24.

Mark    

I think that is nice that steven showed compassion for that poor girl. I never liked him or that BORING aerosmith, but he seems to have a big heart. Good for him!

1372 days ago
25.

who sings that song?    

anyone know the title?

1372 days ago
26.

Baylee13    

I was not going to watch the show but I was so moved by this I want to see this guy. I don't care who the hell posted it, what a lovely man! He may not be your typical looking star but his wonderful human spirit makes him totally hot! Good luck to you young man!

1372 days ago
27.

Michelle    

Chris, you are NOT going to Hollywood.
Good luck Juliana!

1372 days ago
28.

KJ    

Wow-what a tearjerker-I really do admire this young man for his commitment to her, just beautiful, and probably the hardest thing he will ever do in his life. Good Luck to both of them!!

1372 days ago
29.

cal    

do u think he would have made the top 40 without her
NO ****ING WAY
IS HE GOING TO WHEEL HER OUT EVERY TIME HE HAS TO SING
its his only chance

1372 days ago
30.

acorn    

#18 is an ignoramus.

1372 days ago
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