Chris Medina

Although American Idol hopeful Chris Medina was eliminated a round short of the Top 24, he's forging a musical future.

"I released a single," he tells TVGuide.com. "Two days after I was eliminated I found out [producer Rodney Jerkins] had written a song for me that was inspired by my audition. Friday I got a call saying come into the studio, Monday I heard the song, loved the song and the meaning of the song, Wednesday I get a copy of it saying it's going to be released on Thursday, and Friday I have to learn the song for a performance on Leno."

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Medina likens his post-Idol experience to "being swept up by a tornado."

He tweaked America's heartstrings with his tragic story during his Milwaukee audition. Before he and his fiancé Juliana were set to walk down the aisle, she was in a car accident, leaving her with a severe brain injury and Medina as her caretaker. The 26-year-old Chicago native tells us that he was worried that his backstory would overshadow his singing skills on the show.

"I had to match my talent to my story," he says. "I gave myself a pretty good run."

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