Julia Megan DeMato (born March 7, 1979 in Brookfield, Connecticut) is an American professional cosmetologist and singer who made it to tenth place on the second season on the television show American Idol.
DeMato is the youngest of one sister and five brothers. Her mother, Joan, is a realtor at RE/MAX in her home town and her father, Peter, owns Chase Equipment in New Milford. She is a 1997 graduate of Brookfield High School.
The buxom DeMato was heavily featured in coverage of the early rounds of American Idol, including the showing of drama with fellow singer Kimberly Caldwell during the “Hollywood” phase. She sang Dusty Springfield’s hit “Son of a Preacher Man” in the semi-finals. In the finals, she sang “Flashdance… What a Feeling” and “Where Did Our Love Go”, before being voted off on March 26, 2003 after a rendition of Faith Hill’s “Breathe”.
After American Idol
After the show, she had some success on the American Idol concert tour, singing “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. She also recorded a cover of “At Last” by Etta James on the American Idol 2 Love Songs CD. DeMato’s versions of these songs were well regarded by fans and reviewers.