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Fantasia Lands VH1 Reality Show Deal

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Fantasia Lands VH1 Reality Show Deal

Originally posted 04/16/2009 09:25AM

Fantasia Barrino must have loved being on reality TV. The former American Idol star will be back in the game come early 2010 – starring in a new unscripted series on VH1.

"Fantasia has one of the most fascinating stories in show business, from her tough upbringing to her meteoric rise on the national scene thanks to American Idol,'" Jeff Olde, executive vp original programming at VH1, tells the Hollywood Reporter.

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Fantasia Barrino Has to Auction Home to Cover a Loan

Fantasia Barrino Has to Auction Home to Cover a Loan

Originally posted 12/10/2008 11:50AM

American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino looks to be one of the latest victims in the economic downturn.

A Charlotte, North Carolina, home owned by the singer is being auctioned to reimburse a loan that was used to pay her taxes, according to the Associated Press.

The company Broward Energy Partners agreed to pay more than $68,000 of the Grammy nominated artist's taxes in 2006 and says they have not been fully compensated. The earnings from the sale would be used to finish paying off the loan.

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Fantasia Barrino Thanks Her Mentor Oprah | Fantasia Barrino, Oprah Winfrey

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Fantasia Barrino Thanks Her Mentor Oprah

Originally posted 05/27/2008 01:40PM

Fantasia Barrino has a big "thanks" for Oprah Winfrey.

Last year, the talk show queen cast her as lead in the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. Now, she’s set to star in the new film version that Winfrey plans to produce.

The former American Idol winner got the good news two months ago.

"I was just coming out of surgery that day. I was drugged. As soon as I came out my manager came over to me and [said] 'Guess what? Good news. You got the part.' And I smiled. I couldn’t talk. I smiled and I cried. That's the best news I ever got," said the 23-year old singer, who was in Washington on Sunday to perform at the D.C. Black Pride Unity party at the Avenue Nightclub.

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Fantasia's Father Sues Book Publisher | Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia's Father Sues Book Publisher

Originally posted 09/27/2006 08:15AM

Joseph Barrino, the father of American Idol season-three winner Fantasia Barrino, has filed a $10 million libel lawsuit against Simon & Schuster over his portrayal in Fantasia – Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, his daughter's 2005 book about her early years and rise to stardom.

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Idol Bosses Angry Over Fantasia TV Movie | Fantasia Barrino

Idol Bosses Angry Over Fantasia TV Movie

Originally posted 07/31/2006 08:15AM

Although Fantasia: Life is Not a Fairy Tale – the TV movie about third-season American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's difficult past – is not due to air on Lifetime until Aug. 19, producers of the FOX talent show reportedly are already crying foul over their depiction in the biopic.

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Fantasia: Movie About My Life Was 'Tough' | Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia: Movie About My Life Was 'Tough'

Originally posted 07/17/2006 07:45AM

Fantasia Barrino was not a totally willing participant in the TV movie about her hard-knock life, the third-season American Idol winner told the Television Critics Association's summer meeting.

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Fantasia Ticks Off Members of Hometown | Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia Ticks Off Members of Hometown

Originally posted 10/18/2005 08:00AM

Fantasia Barrino has rankled some residents of her hometown of High Point, N.C., with some unflattering descriptions of the place – and two loyal citizens are demanding action.

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Idol Fantasia Reveals Troubled Past

Idol Fantasia Reveals Troubled Past

Originally posted 09/30/2005 03:00PM

American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino may still be savoring her victory of two years ago, but the 21-year-old single mom reveals in her new memoir, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, that parts of her past were anything but idyllic.

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Idol's Fantasia Barrino | Fantasia Barrino

Idol's Fantasia Barrino

Originally posted 06/07/2005 06:00AM

A year after being crowned American Idol's third-season winner, Fantasia Barrino has had a No. 1 song ("I Believe"), a platinum debut album (Free Yourself) and now she's embarking on her first solo tour, which kicks off June 8 in St. Louis. The 20-year-old single mom to daughter Zion, 3, spoke to PEOPLE about hitting the road, her upcoming autobiography, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, and her advice for new Idol Carrie Underwood.

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Fantasia: Corey Clark's Claims a Fantasy | Fantasia Barrino

Fantasia: Corey Clark's Claims a Fantasy

Originally posted 05/13/2005 08:00AM

Last year's American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has her doubts about the veracity of former contestant Corey Clark's allegations of an affair with judge Paula Abdul.

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