Contestant - "GONE COUNTRY"
Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe
Shooting to fame on the popular television show "American Idol" in 2004, Diana DeGarmo has thus far enjoyed a fruitful career; releasing an album, touring across the country and the world, and even acting on Broadway all before the tender age of 18.
Auditioning on “American Idol” at age 16, DeGarmo went through weeks of auditions before making it to the top 32, where she sang before a national TV audience. Losing out to Fantasia Barrino by 1-2% of the vote on May 26, 2004, DeGarmo went on tour with the rest of the top 10. She released her single "Dreams" at the same time, which became the third best selling single of the year. That summer, DeGarmo also recorded her debut album with RCA Records. Released December 7, 2004, "Blue Skies" showcased DeGarmo's amazing range and vocal prowess.
Wanting to have creative control over the project, DeGarmo began recording a Pop/R&B album independently, choosing her own producers and writing on tracks. DeGarmo also made her theatrical debut as Maria in the San Jose production of "West Side Story" in November 2005. DeGarmo impressed as Maria with both her singing and natural acting ability.
While looking into the movie version of "Hairspray" in 2005, DeGarmo was asked to audition for the Broadway production of "Hairspray". DeGarmo returned to Atlanta after the audition, only to find out that she had indeed been offered the role as Penny Lou Pingleton in the Broadway production of "Hairspray.”