If you missed "American Idol" last night, Jennifer Lopez burst into tears when she was forced to eliminate Chris Medina. The singer had previously captured the hearts of the judges during auditions, when he told the story of how his fiancee's brain was injured in a tragic car accident, and thus confined to a wheelchair. The sympathy shtick could only get him so far, though, and he wasn't selected as one of the finalists. Today, on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, JLO explained what shook her up.
"This is all new to me," she said. "I'm used to having a script in a movie, or a big performance with a cane and a microphone, and I have all kinds of stuff going on ... You're [not always] getting me. This is the first experience ... where I feel like people are getting to know who I am as a person. It's such a vulnerable place to be."
"I didn't break down when he was there necessarily, I did it afterwards after he left," she continued. "It really hit me. I just couldn't believe I had to deliver this news to this person who I felt had been through a lot, and is going through a lot, and I felt like I didn't do it well enough for him. At the end of the day we had to do our job, which was to pick the top 12 guys and he wasn't in it. And that was tough to do because you had grown to have so much respect for him as a person."
Did JLO really break down though? Or considering the situation at hand, were these just crocodile tears? Is Jennifer Lopez really a better actress than we think? You be the— pardon the pun— judge.