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‘Idols’ to play the ‘Family Feud’

Diana DeGarmo, Kimberly Locke among those participating
/ Source: The Associated Press

Ten former “American Idol” contestants are involved in a very different kind of competition.

The singers, including last season’s runner-up, Diana DeGarmo, are appearing on “Family Feud,” the syndicated game show. They were divided by gender for the taped shows, which will be broadcast this week.

Besides DeGarmo, the female team includes Julia DeMato, Amy Adams, Vanessa Olivarez and Kimberley Locke. Ricky Smith, A.J. Gil, Jon Peter Lewis, George Huff and Matt Rogers are on the men’s side.

“It was so much fun. It felt like we were right back on the ’American Idol’ again, living and breathing each moment together,” said DeGarmo, a high school senior from Snellville, Ga.

DeGarmo, who finished second on “American Idol” last year to Fantasia Barrino, has kept up with the Fox program this season.

“At first it was kind of hard to watch it because it seems like it was just yesterday ... it’s kind of odd not to see myself with it,” said DeGarmo, who turns 18 next month.

School has not kept her from nurturing her music career with performances and a trip to the Grammy Awards. On a February visit to Germany with President Bush, DeGarmo sang for U.S. troops.