American Idol's Chris Medina Teaches Ultimate Life Lesson in Sports

Mike MuellerContributor IIJanuary 27, 2011

American Idol judge Randy Jackson was blown away by Chris Medina's story and audition Wednesday night.
American Idol judge Randy Jackson was blown away by Chris Medina's story and audition Wednesday night.Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

I promised myself I wouldn’t watch American Idol on Fox this season. With Simon Cowell off the panel, I didn’t want to invest my time in another show that features Randy Jackson, know what I mean, dawg?

Wednesday night, however, I found myself channel surfing and caught the tail-end of A-I in Milwaukee.

I’m extremely grateful I did.

I still find Jackson annoying. Jennifer Lopez is pretty to look at, but doesn’t offer much, and Steven Tyler has surprisingly been informative and entertaining. The judges won’t be an issue, but the real reason why I’m going to watch this season is because of Chris Medina.

In case you haven’t heard of this incredible 26-year-old, check out his audition just below.

If that doesn’t bring you to tears then you are simply not human. Medina is an incredible person and it’s people like him that make me want to be a better person.

Could you imagine your entire world changing like that?

One minute you are planning for your wedding, the next you’re feeding and dressing your handicapped fiancée.

I give Medina a lot of credit for sticking around. I would like to think that most of us would do the same, but honestly, how many of us would be strong enough to do what he is doing.

Medina is still engaged to his wife Juliana, who suffered brain damage after a car accident back in August of 2009. He and Juliana’s mother are the primary caretakers of his fiancée, and judging from the video, you can see the commitment and love they have for each other.

Medina, a barista just outside of Chicago, Illinois, said it best on A-I Wednesday night: “What kind of man would I be if I left when she needed me the most?” That shows tremendous character, love, passion and commitment.

Medina is an incredibly talented singer and I am pulling for him and his fiancée to come out on top. I may even vote this year, as long as he makes the cut.

Everyone will be rooting for Medina when the competition starts, including the judges. They requested to meet her after his audition, and Steven Tyler even gave Juliana a heart-warming kiss and let her know "he’s good because he sings for you."

What an amazing moment on television.

Medina’s story is truly an inspiration and puts sports and life into perspective. Sometimes we get caught up in wins, losses and statistics and forget what really matters. It’s not about how you perform when things are going good; it’s about how you are able to respond when adversity strikes.

Medina represents all that is good in the world and I’m glad I stumbled upon his story Wednesday night. It makes me want to be a better person and highlights what makes any competition or sport worthwhile and special—overcoming adversity.

Good luck Chris, you already have my vote.