May 24th, 2012
11:34 AM ET
"American Idol" crowned a winner on Wednesday's finale, but the show also managed to pack in a live marriage proposal for season 5 "Idol" star Ace Young and season 3 alum Diana DeGarmo.
Young and DeGarmo, who got to know each other while performing in a 2010 Broadway production of "Hair," were in the audience of Wednesday's show when host Ryan Seacrest called them to the stage.
They were both looking "very pretty," as Seacrest told the pair, who moved in together last summer.
Young, 31, said a few words about how "Idol" - and, we suppose, "Idol's" stage - has "always been home" to the two of them, so he figured the season 11 finale "would be the perfect place to ask a simple question."
As Seacrest called for the lights to be dimmed, Young turned to his girlfriend and said, "Diana, we have conquered Broadway together. We have created all your new music together ... I have a way to make this fun last forever. 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."
And then, at a glacial pace befitting of an "Idol" big reveal, Young asked for DeGarmo's hand in marriage. The 24-year-old singer/actress, who was emotional throughout the proposal, said yes. (Can you imagine if she'd said no on live TV? Talk about a blow to the ego.)
We're guessing this wasn't totally planned, as DeGarmo was shaking by the time her husband-to-be slipped the rock on her left hand, but we're sure there are some cynics out there who'd love to differ. Either way - congrats to the couple!
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