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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.

Chris Medina American Idol
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.


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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What a touching story, just shows how your life can change in an instant.

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Wow, what's with the negative comments? This was a horrific tragedy. I wish Chris and Juliana the best. Chris seems like an awesome man.

That said...I do wonder why he brought her to the audition, knowing full well his story would be aired on tv. I don't think I would want to exploit my loved ones in that manner, especially if they were disabled.

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I hope this guy does not win so he can spend more time with his fiance and help her- if he wins he will dump her within 24 months so let's all pray for him not winning this competition- actually we should start a anyone but this guy campaign early.

1372 days ago

He's Crap    

"Steven Tyler: Would a woman who looks that much like a walking cadaver created by a Hollywood special effects department ever get a gig on TV? Just wondering."

Maybe if it happened to your chick you wouldn't so heartless. Go out and take a walk: Sounds like you've been pecking away at that computer, all alone, for way too long.

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Not many of us have that kind of character. And judging by the troll remarks, some don't have any character at all.

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OMG I am crying my eyes out right now, GOD BLESS THEM, you are a good man and she is so very lucky to have you and you are so very lucky to have her, its your love and commitment to her is what will give her strength and please don't give up.

I will pray for her and all who are in that position.
I hope you go on to win AI and make all the money to help her thru this.

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I really wish people would not Judge this boy for bringing her on the set, do you have any idea how much it costs to give her care, the minimum care a month is more then the average person makes in one year, he did this because he had to, now he will be getting donations to help her, and hopefully go on and win and make enough to take care of her for the rest of her life.

Even if he leaves her which hopefully he won't but if he does I doubt he would refuse help to her later on, he will continue to give her support and help, love conquers all and these two prove it.

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God Bless Chris and Julianna. Steven Tyler..........good for you. Ratings my ASS!!!!!!!! Can't people just be kind to other people for NO REASON????? This world has just become such a toilet bowl of noncaring cynics.
For those of you that just can't understand a kind act, get off of here and go back to watching Jersey Shore!!

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Whats wrong with all you people bad mouthing Steven Tyler? You can tell he is a sincere man. There is such peace in his face it gives me great happiness just to see him and I hope the peace in his heart wont be ****tered by people like you. Love you Steven and dont let it get to you. Good luck! Ellie aerofanELLIE

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All of you people up here with terrible things to say are just idiots. I've known Chris and Juliana personally for years. Chris is by far the kindest, most talented person I know,, and there is not a doubt in my mind that he would have made the top forty even if he had not brought Juliana along. I can guarantee you that he was not looking for anyone to feel sorry for him, actually if you knew him, you would know that he is completely happy and content staying by her side no matter what, and all he ever says is how well she is doing because he doesn't want anyone to worry. She has been trying to convince Chris to try-out for years now, and finally this year he took her advice. There is no way he could leave her behind considering she was the one and only reason he went at all. If you don't know the people or the situation then you shouldn't make ignorant comments.

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Wow, there are some extremely ugly comments here.

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To anyone saying he is "using" her to get on the show - STFU RETARD. He wouldn't have stayed with her this damn long if he was "using" her! Show some respect you fools. He can sing AND he has a great heart.

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here is the full song, and yes he did write it

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if any of you think this is staged you are an idiot. i know Chris and Julie personally and for someone to say that it this was made up for ratings is completely off base and insensitive. i dont wish this on anyone but maybe if something like this happens to someone that you love then you will think differently.

we are all rooting for you chris! we love you bro!!!

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