‘American Idol’ finale: Ace Young proposes to Diana DeGarmo

There was a surprise on the show.

Mrs. Carter: Ready for a surprise from the “American Idol” finale? Dim the lights … and here we go!

Almost an hour and a half into the broadcast, Ryan Seacrest introduced a pair of former contestants in Ace Young (season 5) and Diana DeGarmo (season 3 runner-up), who talked a bit about their relationship. Then, Ace got down on one knee and proposed!

What made this proposal especially endearing is how Ryan Seacrest utilized every element of the show’s production while Ace spoke about how much he loved Diana — from dimming the lights to playing the infamous “are you about to be sent to the bottom 3?” music. When Diana said yes and her makeup started to run, the show started to play the appropriate victory music.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a close look at the David Webb ring provided for the occasion, but Ace certainly planned a proposal that touched back to the couple’s roots of stardom. These two were not the only former contestants in attendance, as we also saw both Scotty McCreery, Taylor Hicks and Lauren Alaina from last season — however, Ace and Diana were the only ones to put on a ring on it over the course of the two hours.

Totally adorable – Congratulations to the happy couple!

Photo: Fox

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