Tomorrow night (wed 1/18) American Idol returns to the airwaves. And the lives of many people will be altered. When you see what has happened with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry and so many more you realize the phenomenon of these shows.

I was just reading that Ace Young and Diana Degarmo, both Idol alum's have been quietly dating for the past two years. They are from different


Season 5 heartthrob Young, 31, and season 3's runner-up DeGarmo, 24, met in the spring of 2010 when both signed on to costar in the Broadway revival of the musical "Hair."

"We became best friends through 'Hair,' ironically not through 'Idol,' " says DeGarmo, who now plays as a New Jersey Mob boss's daughter on the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless." "It just blossomed into a beautiful relationship."

The attraction was immediate for Young, who, along with DeGarmo, had to get naked onstage for each performance of "Hair." "She said, 'You're not looking, right?' " Young says of the first time they disrobed in rehearsals. "And I was like, 'Oh no, not at all.' But I was looking, and I was like -- sold!"

Now we enter another season of the singing competitions. I do believe these are my favorite shows beyond sitcoms on TV these these days.