Song of the Week – Good Goodbye – Diana DeGarmo

Song – Good Goodbye
Artist – Diana DeGarmo
Album – N/A (Single)
Season – 3rd
Place – 2nd

It was a nice little trip down memory lane while researching this week’s song. I’ve decided to go with Diana DeGarmo—the first Idol I would say I really “invested” myself in. You see, I’m not the oldest blogger by any means. I was only 14 years old when Fantasia nabbed the title from Diana, and boy was I PISSED! LOL

Although I pride myself on being an avid Idol viewer with fairly decent knowledge about a fair chunk of the Idol alums, truth be told—I never watched ONE episode of Idol’s first season (*hides face in shame*). So it was season two when I really gained my Idol knowledge and started becoming a self-proclaimed Idol expert. I knew Clay should’ve beat Ruben. I wasn’t voting, but I still knew. As we all know, he lost—and I was furious. I vowed to never go a season without voting again.

This brings us to season three, when I was determined to avoid letting the wrong person win…again. Now, for some reason or another, I chose Diana as my “person.” I voted like crazy to get her into the finals, and—as with every other year of Idol—my “person” lost in the finale. It happens to me every single year guys! I remember staying up for the entire two hours after the finale performances and voting till my little fingers bled (okay, maybe not that much). It didn’t matter though. Diana still lost!

You guys—when you’re that young, it’s so easy to get invested in something so silly as a television show. Basically, what I’m saying is: I was devastated! It’s a good thing this is the first season of Idol where I don’t really feel like I have a “person.” Otherwise, my cursed votes would be sending my favorite straight to second place! It NEVER fails…

Anyway, here we are today. I’m older and (hopefully) wiser, and I think we can all say the same thing about Diana—right? It’s really amazing to see how much she’s grown personally and professionally since her Idol run. Even though she’s been somewhat behind the scenes as far as mainstream popularity, she’s built a very credible resume. When she’s not working on music, she’s starring in Broadway shows or acting in television series. Let’s not forget the little “Idol romance” we have between Diana and season five’s Ace Young (aren’t they just SO preeeeety… LOL).

(Sidenote/Quick question: Are there any other “Idol romances” besides these two? I know there have been little flings amongst contestants competing in the same season, but is there anything serious and still lasting like Diana and Ace?)

After her debut album pretty much flopped, Diana worked on her successful Broadway career. As far as music, she seemed to be on the country route in Nashville, but now, she seems to have abandoned those efforts with “Goodbye Girl.” It’s her newest single, and I’m pretty sure her first effort at releasing music to radio in quite some time. The song was brought to life by Diana and Ace, who specifically wrote the song for her character to sing on The Young and the Restless.

The track is a nice little ballad where Diana mourns over an ended relationship. I don’t know about this one guys. What do you think? It’s very clear to see she has some country influence mixed into the Adult-Contemporary song. Isn’t it a bit corny though? Or is that just how things roll on AC radio? The song also seems to switch into a completely different style as soon as it picks up, and it’s a bit confusing. That being said, I think Diana shows off her voice quite well. And she’s smart to restrain her voice on certain parts of the song where she could’ve gone overboard if she wanted.

Kristen, maybe you can help me out here with what Diana’s intentions are for releasing this single? It was officially released to AC radio, wasn’t it? Is it the first single from an album she’s working on? Is it just for the show?

Regardless, I wish Diana the best in her career and relationship with Ace. It’s been almost ten years since I was the kid cheering her on against Fantasia. Even though my efforts were unsuccessful back then, after reading some news about Fantasia in today’s headlines, I think Diana has certainly chosen a successful path. She may not have a Grammy like Fantasia, but at least her personal life isn’t a tabloid joke. And her home isn’t basically in foreclosure…

It’s funny too, because I think if there was a repeat of season three today, I don’t know if it would be Diana I would cheer on over Fantasia. Actually, now that I think about it more—I probably would be in her corner. I WANT A GIRL TO WIN IDOL THIS YEAR. A young, current, radio-friendly, charismatic…GIRL! Idol needs to prove they can also still create mainstream-pop stars! If ADELE (gosh, I hate jumping on the “compare every contestant to ADELE bandwagon”) can use her vocal instrument to achieve what mainstream success she’s had, Idol contestants with big voices can do the same.

Umm…did I just have somewhat of an epiphany? I think this year, Jessica is my “person.” I didn’t even realize it either… Shit! I’ve now cursed her!

  • Teresa Renee Parvin

    I loved Diana and still do! Always have and always will be a fan. And no she was not too young to be on Idol. She should have won.

  • Daytripper73

    The song has not been released to AC or country stations. It made it to #43 on the iTunes top 200 on the strength of Y&R entirely. Plus, amusingly, her FB and Twitter feed was flooded with Y&R fans afterwards, both praising the song and going “oh my god, I just now realized who you are! I loved you on AI.” Even after 6 months on the show people were still having lightbulb moments about who was playing quirky Angelina.

    Diana and Ace wrote it specifically as a song that both ended the Angelina-Kevin marriage on Y&R and shifted her character into more sympathetic territory. It’s a pop/country song and Diana has shot a video and will be releasing an EP of country/pop tunes in a couple weeks.

    It’s a beautiful song and i think Diana is rightfully proud of it.

  • Anonymous

    when you’re that young, it’s so easy to get invested in something so silly as a television show. Basically, what I’m saying is: I was devastated!
    Yep, still happening!

  • Anonymous

    I was a Diana fan too. I was disappointed when she did not win.

  • Anonymous

    I hated Diana so much when I watched Idol – merely because she was a threat to my favorite, Fantasia. I can see why Diana fans hated Fantasia for that very same reason. Thankfully, it’s been almost a decade since then, and I’ve long abandoned those ill feelings I had toward Diana. I think she’s extremely talented, and I’m very happy for the success she has achieved.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad you posted this.  Diana has been a favorite of mine since her season and I positively love this song. 

    This girl has grown up before us and she makes me proud.  

  • Teresa Renee Parvin

    Diana is the real winner. Fantasia’s life is a mess. 

  • Anonymous

    Diana got Ace .. that is a win in my book!  seriously though I absolutely loved Diana.. I never got Fantasia and still dont but apparently she is amazing (if the judges could be believed).. I am sorry her stint on Young and Restless is over because I kept hoping they would develope her character some more and tone down the annoying voice.. but mostly because I loved getting to hear her sing

  • Anonymous

    I loved Diana when she was on Idol and love her more now for not only doing so well in show business, but keeping her life sane, unlike Fantasia who is one hot mess.  Diana has grown so much in professionalism and will be in the business for a long time.

  • Niall

    Didn’t like Diana during her season of AI but she won me over a couple years ago. I respected her decision to do the nude scene in Hair. She didn’t have to do it (it has always been voluntary) and people would have understood or even expected her to avoid it. That’s just one in a series of bold career choices she’s made that I find worthy of respect. I don’t find “Good Goodbye” cheesy at all. I didn’t see much of Y&R but caught it a few times and I can understand totally why the song resonated with the audience caught up in the Angelina-Kevin story. Beyond the show, the song is relatable for anyone who has loved in vain. She (and Ace) did a great job crafting it.

    If she had a major label I’d expect to hear it either on country or AC stations. Instead it will be an AI and soap fan’s fun little secret. Very pretty song.

    And to this day, even though we’ve known about them since last fall, it’s still surreal to know Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are madly in love and maybe even on the marriage track someday. Nobody would have guessed that would happen, not in a million years.

  • Anonymous

    Ah Nick, you may be setting yourself up for the same heartbreak as before. Diana has gotten so much better at bringing out the emotion in a song and investing herself in her performances since her Idol year and that’s something Jessica has yet to learn, but certainly may in the years to come…

  • CSFan

    I heard Good Goodbye when mj had a thread about it a few weeks ago and bought it immediately from iTunes. It’s just gorgeous and Diana’s voice is beyond belief.

    If any recent AIers are reading this and have found success doesn’t come easily or immediately, do as Diana Degarmo  did: work hard and make your own breaks. Diana should be a role model for any and all AIers who are struggling with their careers out of the gate. It helped of course that Diana turned out to be multi-talented and was able to branch out into musicals and acting. 

    We really have watched this girl grow up before our eyes and it’s nice to see how great her life and career has turned out.

  • Kariann Hart

    What wonderful news for her! Diana DeGarmo went through so much with Simon as a contestant.  I thought she was a brave, talented young lady and am so happy for her success.  She was also my favorite for Season 3 and loss by less than 2% of the vote.  I hope she and Ace will have a happy life together.

  • Jeffrey Christian

    I guess most little white kids were frightened by Fantasia, who is, in my opinion, the greatest Idol of them all (based on PERFORMANCES ON THE SHOW only, not post-Idol). I loved her from the start, every performance an extraordinary exercise in soul-stirring emotion, and I thought Diana was pretty terrible, for the most part. How she beat LaToya and Jennifer is still a mystery. (But then again, two of Idol’s most execrable singers ever – Jasmine Trias and John Stevens – also ascended higher that year than should have been allowed by the laws of musicality).

    I can also see how Ruben beat Clay – remember, Clay wasn’t even chosen at first, he was a judge’s wild card. His voice was and still is an acquired taste and very polarizing – very over-the-top, flamboyant, bombastic. S2 was the start of the uber-fans, and his “Claymates” were out in uber-force – I’m surprised he made it as runner up. I hated Clay on Idol, as did most young people I knew.
    I recently saw DeGarmo in HAIR with her boyfriend Ace Young (who I was not a fan of on Idol either) and was surprised at how both grew vocally. They are still very much the novices, with a lot to learn about theatricality (she was too self conscious on stage, which showed, and he seemed out of breath a lot of the time – though seeing him in a loin cloth was nice!). I’m glad they’re forging ahead.

    And, PS Nick – if you think Jessica is “current” and/or “radio friendly”, you’re in for more heartache. The only person left on Idol who can possibly – POSSIBLY – be called ‘radio friendly’ is Colton (and I cringe just writing his name). And that’s if he drops the Jesus freakanomics.

    Idol hasn’t been a relevant star-maker in years (Country doesn’t count). Not that I think Jessica is relevant singer. She’s an astonishingly good mimic.

  • Daytripper73

    I’m looking forward to seeing Diana back on stage eventually. She’s pretty tied to LA right now, personally and professionally, but she’s so dynamic on stage that there has to eventually be a role she can originate. The experience she’s gained doing Y&R has been great and it will be fun to see how she combines her two “worlds” on Broadway.

    Right now she seems committed to finally doing something with all those country/pop songs she’s worked on for 4 years and her character on Y&R may still be slated to return to Genoa City. A 3rd Broadway show may have to wait.

  • Anonymous

    I loved Diana back in the day, she and LaToya should have been in the finale.