American Idol 10: Chris Medina Releases “What Are Words”

Wow, that was fast. Chris Medina was just booted on Thursday night’s episode of “American Idol“, and he already has a single and music video out. That’s gotta be some sort of record. I don’t think a turn-around like this has ever happened so fast for any eliminated contestant, not including the final 2. Those folks over at Interscope Records mean business. One of the changes made for Season 10, was a new partnership with Universal Music Group as Idol’s official partner record label, replacing Sony Music Entertainment. Like every other change implemented this year, this is another wise decision that looks like it’s going to work out.

Upon his elimination, Medina was told that famed producer, Rodney Jerkins, wrote a song and wanted to produce it for him. Jerkins, who’s worked with Brandy (The Boy Is Mine), Lady Gaga (Telephone), PCD (When I Grow Up), and Whitney Houston (It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay), is one of the producers brought on this year to help mentor the contestants. He, like the rest of America, was so moved by Chris’ story that he wrote a beautiful ballad for the eliminated Idol.

Chris Medina’s “What Are Words” Music Video

What Are Words” is everything you’d expect it to be- it’s heartfelt and moving. It tells Medina’s heartbreaking story about his fiancee, Juliana Ramos’ tragic car accident and her subsequent brain injury. The poignant lyrics talk about Chris’ undying love and promises he made before the accident and how he’ll stand by those same words even during this difficult time. Here’s what he told to PopEater in an interview.

“It’s a song about making promises and fulfilling them, about telling someone you love that you’ll be there and having them be able to count on you because you said it. Because the words that you say really mean something. It’s a powerful song,”

While I admit, I wasn’t fan of Chris Medina on the show, I sorta don’t mind the song. My feelings towards him were never personal, but rather my stance against the producers for trying to manipulate me into cheering for him. While I love “American Idol”, “Backstory Idol” is another thing.

Medina performed his new single on “The Jay Leno Show” last night and is available on iTunes to purchase. I’m curious to see, if the single charts. No doubt, it’ll get a few courtesy radio spins and initial interest, but from there… who knows. No matter what happens, Chris will forever hold the distinction as the first Idol signed to Interscope Records. Not bad for a guy who didn’t even make it to the semi-finals.