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Fantasia Barrino

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She may have won with her version of American Idol's 2004 single "I Believe," but it was her passionate take on George Gershwin's "Summertime" that had everyone talking weeks after she had performed. That she delivers teen pop and classics from the American songbook with equal conviction is a testament to the versatility of singer Fantasia Barrino. Confident to the degree you could consider her brash, Barrino seemed an unlikely candidate to take the teen-oriented show's title at first glance, but with her dynamic gospel-tinged voice that never failed her, she not only became the Idol judges' obvious favorite, but the American public's, too. Born and raised in High Point, NC, Barrino fell in love with music through the recordings of Monica, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Pink, and -- in keeping with her diversity -- Aerosmith. Being a 19-year-old single mother and an Idol finalist had some of the media mumbling and sneering, but the always-certain Barrino paid no mind. Becoming a mother at the age of 17 had focused Barrino and given her the strength and drive to audition for the show in Atlanta. Out of 70,000 hopefuls, Barrino earned her way to the top by adjusting her style to whatever genre was thrown at her. Upon beating runner-up Diana DeGarmo, Barrino's first words as American Idol 2004 were "I broke my shoe!" Numerous appearances on talk shows and a cameo on the television show American Dreams -- playing the role of her beloved Aretha Franklin -- followed. Barrino made history when she became the first artist in history to debut at number one with her first single, "I Believe" -- written by Idol alum Tamyra Gray. J-Records released her full-length debut, Free Yourself, in November 2004. A year later her autobiography, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, appeared and was turned into a film directed by Debbie Allen and premiered on the Lifetime cable network in 2006. Her sophomore effort, simply titled Fantasia, landed at the end of the year. In 2007, she made her Broadway debut playing Celie in The Color Purple. Her third album, Back to Me, was released in 2010, and earned her a Grammy Award for the song "Bittersweet." Barrino's next album, Side Effects of You, was released in 2013.

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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Soul Kittens Cabaret
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Michael Jackson: The Trial and Triumph of the King of Pop
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story
  • Fantasia Barrino
2006

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Appearing
  • Performer
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Performer
  • 2004

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