Diana Degarmo Biography
Diana Nicole DeGarmo (born June 16, 1987 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American singer and Broadway actress. She was the second place finalist on the third season of the reality/talent-search television series American Idol, losing by a margin of 1% out of 65 million votes. At 16, DeGarmo was the youngest contestant among the third season's set of finalists; she was a junior at Snellville's Shiloh High School.
Diana is currently starring in the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray in New York City.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, DeGarmo has been singing publicly from a young age, including at the 1997 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards, and in stage productions of Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Atlanta. As a third grade student, she was a Coca-Cola Kid during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, performing three shows a day. 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.
She performed on the “American Idols Live” tour with the other season 3 Idol finalists during the summer of 2004. She toured independently in 2005 in support of Blue Skies.
In November of 2005, DeGarmo appeared as Maria in the American Musical Theatre of San Jose production of West Side Story.
On February 7, 2006, she made her Broadway debut as "Penny Pingleton" in the musical Hairspray at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City to rave reviews. She starred in the show until May 21, 2006. She was later asked to rejoin the cast, reprising the role of Penny; she is contracted to be in Hairspray from September 8, 2006, through February 11, 2007.
DeGarmo was cast in the lead role of "Brooklyn" in Brooklyn, The Musical, on tour over the summer of 2006. The touring musical also starred Melba Moore and Cleavant Derricks. Diana, once again, received rave reviews.
DeGarmo was also performing in a musical concert, "In Your Dreams," in early October 2006 in a musical said to have a similar plot to High School Musical. DeGarmo performed alongside some of her Hairspray co-stars, and other Broadway stars as well.
DeGarmo released a single, "Dreams," on June 29, 2004. It includes 2 other songs: her version of "I Believe" cowritten by the former Idol contestant Tamyra Gray and a remake of Melissa Manchester's "Don't Cry Out Loud."
DeGarmo's debut album, titled Blue Skies, was released on December 7th, 2004, to opening week sales of 47,000. The album came in at #52 in the Billboard chart. As of May 2006, sales are at paltry 164,000 copies. Her single "Emotional" peaked at #54 on the Mediabase Pop Chart.
Diana DeGarmo's first single, "Dreams", debuted at #2 in record sales and went #1 on the Billboard US Singles Sales Chart.
On September 17th, 2005, DeGarmo received the Horizon Award at the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Awards ceremony. The award recognizes Georgia artists on the path to successful and lengthy careers.
Diana had a voice in the Fairly OddParents special Fairy Idol. She sang a song with Cosmo and Norm the Genie called "Gimme the Wand", where Norm sings about wanting the "power of a genie but the freedom of a fairy/fairy godparent". Cosmo magically obtained Diana's voice for the performance.
The song Boy Like You, included in her album Blue Skies, was performed in Spanish by the Mexican pop band Nikki Clan under the name No me digas que no (Don't tell me that no).
Diana sang "God Bless America" at a New York Mets playoff game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Shea Stadium on October 5, 2006. National League Division Series Game 2.