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Photos: Engaged ‘American Idol’ alumni Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo host at Azure


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American Idol” alumni and engaged couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo host at Azure Luxury Pool in the Palazzo on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo Host at Azure

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Diana DeGarmo is flanked by Chippendales headliners and "The Amazing Race" stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis at The Rio in Las Vegas.

“American Idol” alumni Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo had two reasons to be at Azure Luxury Pool at the Palazzo on Saturday afternoon: first, the couple celebrated their joint bachelor/bachelorette party and, secondly, it was the season opening of the pool with Strip views.

DeGarmo, who has lost all her baby fat from Season 3 (she was runner-up to Fantasia Barrino) and is one of my all-time favorite finalists, and six-pack-sporting Young, still as sexy as when he competed in Season 5, partied with 30 of their friends, including cast members of “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian. (Young and DeGarmo has both starred on Broadway.)

The group enjoyed food from Wolfgang Puck’s Solaro and Azure cocktails and, joined by DJ Ravi, jumped onstage to perform a few crowd favorites. The couple remains loyal to their “American Idol” roots and will be present at the season finale on Fox.

Young said, “It is a family reunion for us, and the ‘Idol’ finale is like the Super Bowl Halftime Show on steroids. It always blows me away.” Rumors that former judge Jennifer Lopez will be performing? DeGarmo replied, “I think it would be exciting! I was sad to see her go, but they’re always keeping us on our toes as viewers.”

Young and DeGarmo may have one disagreement. He joked, “I wish Simon [Cowell] would come back. ‘American Idol’ wants you! We need you! I miss getting put down, Simon!” to which she joked: “I don’t!” Young only had the most loving things to say about his bride-to-be: “She makes me a better person.”

The two plan on getting married with 300 of their friends and family in attendance in Los Angeles next month. Young quipped about his bachelor night here in Sin City, “Many, many private things happened last night. I’m still sore from getting whipped by many things!”

Meantime, DeGarmo’s bachelorette weekend included Chippendales at The Rio, where Young surprised her onstage in the trademark bow tie and cuffs singing George Michael’s “Father Figure.” DeGarmo posed with Chippendales headliners and “The Amazing Race” stars Jaymes Vaughan and James Davis.

Put your tiny hands in his, DeGarmo! Thanks to John Finn of for his photo gallery.

Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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