Chris Medina Amazes J.Lo & Everyone Watching 'American Idol'

We're still drying our tears from American Idol contestant Chris Medina's awe-inspiring audition last night. We freely admit that he is our absolute favorite and a definite frontrunner in our eyes.

The 26-year-old Illinois native managed to break hearts while simultaneously demonstrating the meaning of true love in just under five minutes. From the moment he stepped on stage with his aw-shucks attitude and shaggy hair we knew there was something we liked about this kid. Then, he shared his backstory.

Medina was engaged to marry his girlfriend of eight years, Juliana Ramos, in the winter or 2009. But just two months before their wedding, Ramos suffered a near fatal car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Instead of running away, Medina stuck by her side. "What kind of guy would I be if I walked out when she needed me the most?" he asked during his interview. We'll never find out, because Chris has dedicated his life since Juliana woke up to helping her mother take care of her.

Watch the amazing audition below and we dare you to not root for this kid! Alright, American Idol, we're officially hooked:

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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