Judges like Fantasia better than other Idol winners

Fantasia Barrino was the audience’s favorite performer during American Idol 3, and now the judges say that she’s their favorite, too.

“If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her. … I like her,” Simon Cowell told the AP. There are no direct quotes from Paula or Randy, but they allegedly concur with Simon, or are just perhaps so scared of his biting, acerbic, never-repetitive wit that they wouldn’t dare disagree.

By the way, I’ve been wondering for a few days now how Fantasia managed to write a book that, in part, reveals she is illiterate and cannot read or write. Heck, the cover of her book only includes her name as the author.

Thankfully, the AP has an answer: Fantasia wrote Life is Not a Fairy Tale without actually writing it, as the text was “dictated to a freelance writer.”

‘Idol’ judges say Fantasia is favorite winner [AP]

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