07:55 AM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 05/27/2004 08:05AM
North Carolina cheered iron-lunged American Idol champ Fantasia Barrino, who on Wednesday night emerged as the public's choice to win a $1 million recording contract and a new car – the 19-year-old single mother's first vehicle ever.
Originally posted 05/26/2004 10:00PM
And the Idol title goes to ... the feisty, masterful Fantasia Barrino, who promptly broke into tears on Wednesday night's live finale of the third season of FOX's American Idol.
Originally posted 05/26/2004 08:00AM
By this time Thursday, everyone will know the new American Idol winner. If the program's judges and TV critics had their way, based on Tuesday night's televised showdown, Fantasia Barrino would already be wearing the crown.
Originally posted 05/25/2004 08:00AM
It's the final showdown for American Idol 3: Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo will go head-to-head on Tuesday, with the big winner announced Wednesday during the FOX talent hunt's two-hour live season finale.
Originally posted 05/24/2004 08:00AM
When you're hot, you're hot, as Diana DeGarmo realizes.
Originally posted 05/21/2004 04:00PM
Will the next Kelly Clarkson please stand up? America weighs in on music's Next Big Thing, as PEOPLE scopes out the coming week in pop culture:
Originally posted 05/20/2004 04:00PM
Lisa Newman's frustrations with American Idol's voting system started several weeks ago, when she hit her phone's redial almost 100 times and still couldn't get through to vote for La Toya London.
Originally posted 05/20/2004 07:00AM
With the general sentiment that she had long overstayed her welcome, Hawaii's Jasmine Trias was shown the door during American Idol's penultimate decision on Wednesday night, paving the way for the final showdown between powerhouse Fantasia Barrino and judge Simon Cowell's prediction to take the crown, perky Diana DeGarmo.
Originally posted 05/19/2004 08:30AM
While the producers of FOX's American Idol have announced their plan to extend next week's finale voting time – in order to counter the problem of jammed phone lines – judge Simon Cowell has already declared the winner: Diana DeGarmo.
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