Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987) is a singer, songwriter and a Broadway and television actress. She rose to fame in 2004 as the runner-up of the third season of American Idol. In 2005, DeGarmo began a career in musical theatre. DeGarmo also appeared on The Young and the Restless as “jersey girl” Angelina Veneziano. Since 2004, she has released a full album and two EPs.
Diana DeGarmo was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but was raised primarily in Snellville, Georgia. DeGarmo began singing at a young age, including the 1997 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, and in Atlanta-based stage productions of Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. At age ten she was part of the Cartoon Gang on The Cartoon Network, appearing in various bumper segments. As a third grader she was a Coca-Cola Kid during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. The next year she sang at Opryland USA during the Christmas season. In 2002, she was named Miss Georgia Teen and was also a finalist on the NBC talent search program America’s Most Talented Kid.
DeGarmo took part in the third season of American Idol in 2004, finishing second to winner Fantasia Barrino.
During her American Idol run she never fell to the bottom 2. She became one of the front runners by week 6. She was 16 years old at the time she competed. She performed around the country with the rest of the season 3 Top 10 during the summer of 2004.