'American Idol': 16 of the Best Losers Ranked

Over 15 seasons, many of show's might-have-beens went on to even more successful solo careers than the winners

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12. Diana DeGarmo, Season 3

How Far Did She Go: Runner-up

Most Memorable Performance: The Moment's "Don't Cry Out Loud," during Top 3, which Simon Cowell said booked her a place in the final.

Biggest Hit: Her non-album single "Dreams" peaked at Number14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100

Career: DeGarmo auditioned at age 16, previously winning the title of Miss Georgia Teen and a finalist on America’s Most Talented Kid. Simon critiqued her for her "smiling" while Paula and Randy loved that she was a 16-year-old that acted like a teen. She matured during the competition to bigger songs, and matured even further after the series. She met fellow contestant Young while doing Hair on Broadway in 2010 and married him in 2013. DeGarmo transitioned quickly to Broadway after her pop music career, making her debut in Hairspray in 2006. She returned for Hair in 2010, and then joined the touring cast of 9 to 5 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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