Just 16 and a junior in senior high school in Snellville, GA, Diana DeGarmo was the youngest finalist of American Idol 2004, nevertheless, you wouldn’t have guessed it from her effective, confident voice. Developing up a show-biz child certainly helped. DeGarmo have been in Atlanta-based productions of Annie and Joseph as well as the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at a age group and performed in the 1996 Summer season Olympics within the Coca-Cola’s “Olympic Children.” She later on became a solid member of Toon Network’s Toon Gang and got her first flavor of televised skill displays when she became a finalist on NBC’s America’s Many Talented Kid. Becoming too youthful to audition for the 1st time of year of American Idol discouraged DeGarmo to the idea of boycotting it, but going for a look midseason, the youthful hopeful became an enormous Kelly Clarkson enthusiast. She was still as well young for period two, but examined it intensely, and became Miss Teenager Georgia for the time being. Prior engagements held her from auditioning for period three through the show’s stay in close by Atlanta, therefore DeGarmo and family members took a a vacation to Hawaii to capture another tryouts. She is at and proved helpful her method up to runner-up, shedding to Fantasia Barrino. While Barrino sat atop the graphs with “I REALLY BELIEVE,” DeGarmo had taken the quantity two slot machine with her one “Dreams,” compiled by well-known tunesmith Desmond Kid, whom DeGarmo acquired known because the age group of 12 through a pal (based on the vocalist, Child had in fact put a mention of her in his strike for Ricky Martin, “She Bangs,” using the series “she switches edges such as a Gemini”). A nationwide tour with the growing season three Idol contestants implemented before her debut record, Blue Skies, strike the shelves by the end from the 2004.