By AMELIA PROUD
That's something to tell the children: Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo became engaged tonight during the finale of American Idol
American Idol can boast a marriage proposal as part of its illustrious 11-season history. In a finale stuffed full of fireworks and performances from huge names, former contestants Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo became engaged on stage during tonight's finale. 'Anything can happen because of Idol,' Ryan Seacrest commented,
Still, it was still a bond they shared, and Young, told host Seacrest that he and DeGarmo had just moved in together then got down on one knee and popped the question to her. 'Will you,' Young, 31 , said to DeGarmo, and paused dramatically, 'marry me?'
DeGarmo said yes, screamed and shouted: 'Wow, babe, you picked a good one!'
'We have conquered Broadway together, we have created new music together, we have an amazing group of people around us
The moment of truth: It was an exciting proposal, though you couldn't help feeling that Diana knew it was coming
HE picked a good one: Ace got in a plug for his jeweller, of course
DeGarmo, a runner-up in season three, tearfully accepted, her head wobbling.
Young auditioned for American Idol in Denver for the fifth season, he charmed the judges wearing beanie and by singing a rendition of Westlife's Swear It Again and was unanimously passed on to the next round.
Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson backed him heartily, with Jackson saying that Young was one of the best singers he had seen audition, so it must've been good for him to see the youngster back tonight.
Happy couple: Diana and Ace arrive at the Nokia theatre ahead of the show
He was eliminated in the show's sixth round.
DeGarmo, 24 , meanwhile, was a runner-up in the sixth season, she finished second to Fantasia - who was also part of the show tonight - and met Ace while performing in Hair on Broadway with him.