Fantasia Barrino Is The New American Idol

Published: 2004-05-28
It all began with over 70,000 hopeful wanna-bes; and on Wednesday May 26 there was only one. After a season of controversy and turmoil, the third season of American Idol came to an end with the crowning of Fantasia Barrino. FOX has seen the musical reality show break records on a continual basis all season long. After the final show on Tuesday fans broke the biggest record of all when 65 million calls were made to cast a vote for the winner. The margin of victory was a mere one percent. Some 25 million people watched the final results show.

Barrino – a 19 year old single mother from High Point, North Carolina – receives a recording contract for her efforts and joins Kelly Clarkson and Reuben Studdard as an American Idol. Barrino's first single will be "I Believe" a song that was written by first season contestant Tamyra Gray. Barrino was a judges favourite from the beginning, including Simon Cowell who is best known for his sharp tongue and frank remarks. With Fantasia Barrino's win all three American Idol winner have been from the south.

Winners of American Idol are automatically awarded a recording contract; but as has been seen, any contestant can be signed to record an album. Fantasia Barrino may be the voters choice for American Idol, but the true test of her success and ability as a performer will be evident when the record buying public has their say. (Last year Reuben Studdard won the title, but it is runner up Clay Aiken who is topping the charts.)

During the final results program, American Idol show host Ryan Seacrest hinted at a fourth American Idol season which has sparked a debate on how much longer American Idol can succeed as a television series. American Idol winner Reuben Studdard feels the show could last a long time. American Idol contestant Kimberly Locke has other ideas. After this past season Locke sees no future for American Idol because they are focusing too much on the bad. American Idol judge Randy Jackson doesn't believe they have seen the best talent available yet. Show judges and host are taking it one season at a time and are not making any long term commitments.

For American Idol fans who aren't tired of seeing the final 12, there is an American Idols Live tour on the way. What makes this season's tour different is that two of the 41 cities on the tour are in Canada.
September 14 Buffalo, NY – HSBC Arena
September 15 Ottawa – Corel Centre
September 16 Toronto – Air Canada Centre

And for Idol fanatics Canadian Idol 2 begins next week on CTV.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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