Diana Degarmo: Hairspray Broadway

January 16, 2012 by staff 

Diana Degarmo: Hairspray BroadwayDiana Degarmo: Hairspray Broadway, Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987) is an American singer and Broadway actress. She rose to fame in 2004, when she later became the runner-up of the third season of American Idol. After American Idol, DeGarmo began a career in musical theatre.

In 2011, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Angelina Veneziano.

DeGarmo was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but was raised primarily in Snellville, Georgia. DeGarmo began singing at a young age, including at the 1997 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards and in Atlanta-based stage productions of Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

As a third grader she was a Coca-Cola Kid during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The next year, she sang at Opryland USA during the Christmas holiday season. In 2002, she was named Miss Teen Georgia and was a finalist on the NBC talent search program America’s Most Talented Kid. At ten years of age, DeGarmo was one of the “Cartoon Network”‘s Cartoon Gang and appeared in various segments for the network, discussing cartoons. DeGarmo is niece to Eddie DeGarmo of DeGarmo & Key.

DeGarmo took part in the third season of American Idol in 2004, finishing second after a close race with winner Fantasia Barrino. During her run in the Top 12, she was in the bottom 3 in the top 11, top 9, and top 8 weeks but never fell to the bottom 2. She became one of the front runners by week 6 and did not land in the bottom 3 again.

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