May 26th, 2004: Diana DeGarmo pulls off upset victory, wins 2004 "American Idol" Crown

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Would you like to see this TL have major ramifications ?

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  1. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    Theories on how Diana pulled off a major upset victory:

    Many musical experts & news analysts wanted to know how in the world did DeGarmo pull it off & why did the voters prefer to shock the entire country like they did in previous moments of Season 3 (Jennifer Hudson's shocking exit during Barry Manilow Week on April 21st, where the 3 Diva's: Fantasia, LaToya & Jennifer landed in the Bottom 3 & LaToya's stunning elimination 3 weeks later & now this). Many celebrities such as Monique put the voting situation on full-blast "How in the Hell did that little pipsqueak from Snellville, GA win Season 3 of "American Idol" last night & once again, the voters out there in Middle America showed their true colors last night by not voting for one of the best singers, which is Fantasia. We saw this travesty when Jennifer was voted off, then 3 weeks later, LaToya getting voted off & now this b**********!"
     
  2. Igeo654 The Concept Guy.

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    Man, they are not giving this poor girl one inch. If they aren't careful, she's gonna get into Nu-Metal and then the genre may last all the way to 2009.
     
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  3. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    Considering they're PISSED off at how Diana pulled off the upset victory. The bashing she got from Simon during Season 3 & from fans of Fantasia, LaToya & Jennifer could drive people toward Diana.
     
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    Simon Cowell Responds

    Defiant in his obvious blatant hostility towards the newly-crowned Winner of "American Idol", Simon was still fuming & angry at the shocking results of Wednesday night, May 26th, 2004...

    "Why did they choose that annoying 16-year-old uppity brat from that SHIT HOLE of Snellville, GA ? Fantasia was the better singer the entire Season from the auditions. Yet, those people of Middle America wanted to listen to that teenage BULLSHIT." It was clear that Cowell was going to be making things difficult for DeGarmo, we don't know how his influence with major record labels would extend or how he will up the ante against the poor girl.
     
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  5. Joriz Castillo Well-Known Member

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    Soon in the future, people are gonna look back and criticize everyone for hating that girl just for winning. Maybe there was a silent majority that voted for her but wouldn't proclaim it in public.
     
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  6. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    Other theories on DeGarmo's upset victory:

    1.) People lying to the pollsters when asked who they would vote for: some publicly said they would back Barrino, but voted for DeGarmo in the privacy of their home.
    2.) DeGarmo benefited from the split of the Diva Vote (Barrino, London & Hudson), which angered many people.
    3.) Securing supporters of Jasmine Trias, John Stevens, JPL, Camile Velasco & Co., to overcome the massive Barrino fanbase.
    4.) The overhyping & aggressiveness the Judges & others had in praising Fantasia throughout the 3rd Season had alienated many segments of Middle America
    5.) Middle America voting en-masse which surprised many experts.
    6.) DeGarmo being the most luckiest of out of all the Top 12 contestants in the 3rd Season.
     
  7. Igeo654 The Concept Guy.

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    Did DeGarmo produce any more songs after her Idol loss, IOTL? Say may need them to start walking the walk if she wants to silence all this hate.
     
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  9. ejpsan Well-Known Member

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    The victory of Donna DeGarmo has been described as the “Triumph of the Mediocre” as many critics, cynics, and contrarians had made the point that if American Idol existed in 1962 Robert Goulet would have won over Bob Dylan.
     
  10. Igeo654 The Concept Guy.

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    Yeah, I wanna see her get pissed off and go full Skate Punk at this point. Keep the genre alive through the mid-00s. Why let Avril go unchallenged?
     
  11. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    We'll see. I'm still working on this TL with twists & turns.
     
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    DeGarmo
    11:58 AM PST, Saturday, May 29th, 2004

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    Ignoring the haters & trolls, the 2004 "American Idol" Winner began appearing on many nationally syndicated TV Shows such as "CBS News This Morning", NBC's "Today", ABC's "Good Morning America", "Fox & Friends" including "Entertainment Tonight" (where Paula Abdul congratulated Diana on a hard-fought victory & wished her well in her musical career).
     
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    From the hate Diana DeGarmo got, you'd think she'd have said that she's ashamed Bush was president (similar to what the Dixie Chicks did in London, which undeservedly derailed their careers) after winning American Idol...
     
  14. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Diana's pushing ahead with her music.
     
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    Barrino
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    Encouraging the American people & others to move on & accept the voting results, 2004 "American Idol" Runner-Up Fantasia Barrino was being courted by major record labels such as Capital Records, Motown, Electra Records & many others. Clive Davis immediately signed her to a major contract days following the Season 3 Finale.
     
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  16. Igeo654 The Concept Guy.

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    OK. This, this is good. Now maybe Diana can get on with her career and have a long one. With the right backing, country-pop could become a definitive part of the mid and late 00s.
     
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  17. 49ersFootball Well-Known Member

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    I'll be working on including Jasmine Trias' musical career as well.
     
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    Simon Cowell had gotten back from a closed-door meeting with the higher-up management officials of Fox, the controversial yet popular talent show judge was relieved that "American Idol" got renewed for another Season with auditions coming up during the late Summer & early Fall of 2004. He was still fuming over Diana's upset victory over his chosen favorite, Fantasia.
     
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    Trias
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    Things were surprisingly looking up for 3rd Place Finalist Jasmine Trias, who gained recognition during the 3rd Season of "American Idol". She auditioned in her home state of HI during the auditions, later advancing in the Top 32 following her performance of Whitney Houston's "Run To You". Upon being placed into the Top 12 Finalists, Trias received praises on her rendition of Natalie Cole's "Inseperable" during Top 12's Soul Week of March 16th, 2004, with Simon, Paula & Randy, all praising her maturity in that performance. Soon afterwards, Trias advanced further in the competition, being able to survive eliminations despite criticisms on her later performances on some instances during the 3rd Season. On April 7th, 2004, following her dreadful performance of Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" from the previous night, Trias landed in the Bottom 3 for the first time along with Camile Velasco (who was eliminated) & Diana DeGarmo (who later pulled off the upset victory several weeks later).

    Trias would later be placed in the Bottom 3 again on April 28th, 2004 following Gloria Estefan Week (following her performance of "Here We Are" the previous night), along with John Stevens (who was eliminated) & George Huff. Fast forward to one week later on May 5th, 2004, Trias was placed in the Bottom 2 (second time when she was placed with Camile 4 weeks earlier) with George Huff (who was later eliminated). The criticism on Jasmine's performances would escalate even further on Tuesday night, May 11th, 2004 during Disco Week when Jasmine had back-to-back dreadful performances of "Everlasting Love" & "It's Raining Men", when Cowell suggested that Trias would be voted off the next day, but the following night, Jasmine was declared safe when Latoya London got the shocking boot (in which the crowd booed loudly), Trias made it to the Top 3.

    When she was finally eliminated on Wednesday night, May 19th, 2004, Jasmine had her final message on the TV Show: "I wanna thank all my fans for believing in me & for embracing my talents & for making my dreams come true. I mean, this Top 3, I cannot ask more." She also sang "Inseperable" for the final time as the credits rolled during her farewell performance. Trias became the highest-placed Asian American contestant on "American Idol", a record which would later be surpassed by Jessica Sanchez in Season 11, who became Runner-Up.