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American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino

American Idol Winners -- Did They All Find Success?


Season three winner Fantasia Barrino was a young, struggling single mom when she tried out for American Idol. How has her life changed?
American Idol Winner Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia's photo courtesy of NBC.
  • Fantasia's first single "I Believe" debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. According to Billboard, she was the first new artist in history to debut a single at number one.

  • Fantasia's first album, Free Yourself, peaked at number three on The Billboard Charts. The album included singles such as Baby Mama, which only made it number 60 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

  • In 2005, Fantasia released the book, Life Is Not a Fairytale, which revealed Fantasia's struggles as a single teen mother and high school dropout. She also revealed that she was functional illiterate.

  • In 2006, Fantasia starred in a TV movie based on Life Is Not a Fairytale.

  • Fantasia released her second, self-titled album in December, 2006. It received praise from critics, but debuted at number 19 on the Billboard album chart.

Did you know?

  • Fantasia is from High Point, North Carolina.
  • Fantasia as 19 years old when she tried out for American Idol
  • Fantasia has a daughter named Zion.
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