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The real American Idol shocker Wednesday night wasn't the announcement of the winner but the surprise engagement of two former Idol contestants. Ace Young proposed to girlfriend Diana DeGarmo during the live season 11 finale on May 23.
Before Ryan Seacrest crowned Phillip Phillips as this year's winner, the host took a moment to acknowledge many of the Idol alums present in the audience, such as Lauren Alaina and Taylor Hicks.
When Seacrest got to Young and DeGarmo, he said, "We've got our first American Idol couple. Oh how cute. C'mon up here for a second," and he invited the pair up on the stage. "Give it up for Ace and Diana... It's amazing what can happen out of this show."
Setting the stage for the proposal, Seacrest asked about their big news of moving in together, handing Young the microphone. That's when things got interesting.
"This has always been home to us, and I felt this would be the perfect place to ask a simple question," Young said, making DeGarmo immediately nervous and teary-eyed.
"Dim the lights!" Seacrest announced, like he does before making all of his big announcements. As the elimination-night music started to play, Young spoke directly to his love.
"We have conquered Broadway together. We have created our new music together. We have an amazing group of people around us. And with the help of David Webb jewelry I have a way to make this last forever. Are you ready?" he said moments before getting down on one knee.
"I love you to death. You're my best friend. I want to make this last forever and I will do anything in my power to have the most ... amazing life together if you will have me. Diana Nicole DeGarmo, will you marry me?"
After the eloquent proposal, DeGarmo tearfully replied yes and kissed her husband-to-be.
"Congratulations!" Seacrest told the newly engaged duo, who starred in Hair together on Broadway.
"I'm so speechless right now," DeGarmo said looking at her new ring. "Wow, babe, you picked a good one! Thanks everybody, and my makeup's running."
And with that, American Idol's first boyfriend and girlfriend became the show's first engaged couple.