UPDATE: Here's some footage from Chris Medina's Friday appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
Despite his heartbreaking back story, Chris Medina didn't make this season's "American Idol" Top 24. Can he avoid vanishing into obscurity?
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Chris' new song, "What Are Words," might work in his favor.
Yes, you read that correctly. One of this season's former "American Idol" contestants already has a new song. The song was written and produced by Rodney Jerkins, who has worked with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson, according to USA Today's Idol Chatter blog.
Watch the video for the single:
Earlier this season, he impressed the judges in Milwaukee. Chris' fiancee (Juliana Ramos) was in a car accident that left her with a severe skull fracture, a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures to her face. Chris is now her caregiver.
While giving Chris his ticket to Hollywood, the judges asked him to bring his fiancee into the room. She arrived shaking in a wheelchair.
Chris will perform on Friday's episode of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Here's a preview of his appearance. We'll try to post a full video on Saturday.