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Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia Barrino was born in High Point, North Carolina on June 30, 1984 and was living in Greensboro, NC at the time she started on American Idol. She comes from a musical family and spent much of her youth traveling and performing with them, as well as recording a CD with her family for a local label.

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Things got a little bit rough for Fantasia during her high school years as she was raped by a classmate and subsequently dropped out of school. She became a mother at the age of 16 and moved to Greensboro. But her singing abilities would pay off and eventually led to a career by means of American Idol, starting with her Atlanta audition for the 2004 edition of the show. She was highly impressive there which started a journey that would earn her the third spot on the American Idol Winners List.


Fantasia Barrino Idol Audition

Fantasia auditioned for Season 3 of American Idol in Atlanta, Georgia on August 20, 2003. The show aired between January 19 and May 26, 2004. In her audition, Fantasia performed the song “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, and after Simon told her that “I actually think you’re one of the best we’ve ever had”, she was on her way to Hollywood. Here is Fantasia’s Idol audition…

Fanatsia was one of 117 contestants competing for a spot in the finals during Hollywood week. She made it easily through to the semi-finals where she performed the song “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Rait and earned herself one of the 12 finalist positions. You can see the rest of the finals members here: American Idol Finalists.

Fantasia Barrino: American Idol Season 3

Fantasia found herself in the Bottom two twice during the finals rounds. In the Top 7 round she was there along with Jennifer Hudson, and again in the Top 4 round she was there with LaToya London, again surviving a close call. Both times she was able to move on to the next round and in the end she beat everyone to become the Season 3 American Idol. Below is a list of all the songs performed by Fantasia Barrino during the finals rounds of the competition.

Top 12 Soul Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours Stevie Wonder
Top 11 Country Always On My Mind Brenda Lee
Top 10 Motown I Heard It Through The Grapevine The Miracles
Top 9 Elton John Something About The Way You Look Tonight Elton John
Top 8 Movies Summertime Porgy and Bess
Top 7 Barry Manilow It’s A Miracle Barry Manilow
Top 6 Gloria Estefan Get On Your Feet Gloria Estefan
Top 5 Big Band Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen
Top 5 Big Band What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life Julie Andrews
Top 4 Disco Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd
Top 4 Disco Holding Out For A Hero Bonnie Tyler
Top 3 Idol/Judge Pick Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
Top 3 Idol/Judge Pick A Fool In Love Ike & Tin Turner
Top 3 Idol/Judge Pick Greatest Love of All George Benson
Finale Choice All My Life K-Ci and Jo-Jo
Finale Choice Summertime George Gershwin
Finale Choice I Believe Tamyra Gray

Voting in the 2004 finals was the largest of any season so far, and it was very tight once again. 65 million votes were cast and in the end, Fantasia Barrino beat fellow finalist Diana DeGarmo by 1.3 million votes, or approximately 2%. Here is the video of Fantasia’s performance in the final…


Fantasia Barrino: Post American Idol Career

After winning the 2004 American Idol title, Fantasia signed a record deal with J Records with 19 Entertainment and released her first single called “I Believe” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 100. She became the first artist to ever accomplish this with their first single. She has since release the following albums:

  • Free Yourself, 2004
  • Fantasia, 2006
  • Back To Me, 2010

Her list of accomplishments go beyond just her records. She starred in the lead role of the Broadway production The Color Purple, played herself in a Lifetime film about her called Life Is Not A Fairy Tale, starred in a reality TV show called Fantasia For Real, had various other television appearances, and has done musical work for a number of productions.In 2001 she landed her first film role playing Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson ina film based on the book Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

In February of 2001, Fantasia won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet”. Other awards in Fantasia Barrino’s resume include 2 Billboard Music Awards, a Theater World Award, NAACP Image Award and a number of American Music Award and Grammy nominations.