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American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre: I Won't Let Kidney Failure Slow Me Down

Scott MacIntyre: I Won't Let Kidney Failure Slow Me Down

Originally posted 10/20/2014 03:45PM

Though doctors have given him just six months until his kidneys fail, American Idol's Scott MacIntyre refuses to let his illness slow him down.

"There is a lot of uncertainty about the immediate future, as you can imagine," MacIntyre tells PEOPLE of being diagnosed with kidney failure. "But for now, I'm still very mobile and I'm going to continue to perform and speak as long as I have the strength to do so."

This is not the first time MacIntyre has faced a health crisis. The season 8 Idol contestant, 29 – who was born blind – had to undergo a kidney transplant at the age of 22 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his late teens.

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PHOTOS: American Idol's Scott MacIntyre Is Married

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Scott MacIntyre of American Idol Weds

Originally posted 08/19/2011 02:30PM

American Idol's first-ever blind finalist, Scott MacIntyre, has married his girlfriend Christina Teich.

The couple wed in a small ceremony of 200 family members and close friends on Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., his rep confirms to PEOPLE. The singer penned a special dedication to his bride titled "Wanna Be There," which he performed at the ceremony.

MacIntyre, 26, and Teich met in a community theater production of The Music Man in 2003. And they became engaged in February of this year after the pop-rock singer proposed over afternoon tea.

"The tea sandwiches came out, then the scones, then the pastries ... and normally that's where it would've ended ... but then a fourth course arrived – a silver platter covered in rose petals with the ring box in the center. I got down on one knee, and the rest is history," he says.

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American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre Is Engaged

American Idol

American Idol Alum Scott MacIntyre Is Engaged

Originally posted 02/21/2011 07:45AM

Scott MacIntyre, the first-ever blind American Idol finalist who endeared himself to millions during season 8, has now found "the one."

MacIntyre, 25, and fiancée Christina Teich plan to wed later this year.

They will also make their first public appearance together this Thursday at the first-ever Idol Prom (formerly the American Idol Top 24 party) at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

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