Fantasia BarrinoSinger / Talent Show Contestant
Born: 30 June 1984
Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina
Best known as: 2004's American Idol winner
Fantasia Barrino was 19 years old when she became the 2004 winner of the TV talent show American Idol. Singing soulful classics week after week for a panel of judges led by Simon Cowell, Fantasia survived the competition to be named the winner on 26 May 2004. Like previous winners Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard, her reward was a heavy dose of media exposure and a record deal. After a summer tour across the United States, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, in November of 2004. From there she appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple (2007-08), and 2010's Fantasia For Real, a reality show that followed her emotional and financial troubles. Following accusations that she was a homewrecker who'd had an affair with a married man, she was hospitalized in August of 2010 for what was reported as an overdose of aspirin and "a sleep aid."
Extra credit: Other American Idol personalities include host Ryan Seacrest, 2002 runner-up Clay Aiken, rejected contestant William Hung, early quitter Mario Vazquez and 2005 winner Carrie Underwood... Fantasia was assisted on Free Yourself by hip-hop star Missy Elliott.
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