We do like to snicker a bit at the way “American Idol” so shamelessly picks out awful, “Queen for a Day”-esque backstories and plays them up for the audition process. But we never actually laugh at the person’s misfortune and Ramiro Garcia is no different.

Ramiro was born… without ears. He didn’t have a left ear and his right ear was just an earlobe. The doctors said he’d be deaf and probably mute. But many, many surgeries later he not only can hear and speak, but he has an OK singing voice.

He busted out “Amazing Grace” for his audition, which was a lovely choice. Steven Tyler even praised the verse he chose to do. We would imagine we’ll see more of him in Hollywood. We hope so. What did you think, “Idol” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."