Carrie Underwood graduates from college; Fantasia will star as herself in a Lifetime movie

The third and fourth season American Idol winners both recently announced major successes, although neither had anything at all to do with singing.

Carrie Underwood graduated from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma on Sunday. Earlier, she “withdrew from school just three credits shy of graduating” to compete on the show, but now she “graduated magna cum laude” according to People, earning a degree in journalism. Maybe FOX will hire her to write the “Jaded Journalist” section of the show’s web site.

Meanwhile, Lifetime is planning to air “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” a TV movie directed by Debbie Allen that will be based on Fantasia’s book, which is coincidentally titled Life is Not a Fairy Tale. And who better to star as Fantasia than Fantasia herself?

Production begins this month in New Orleans, Zap2it.com reports, and the film will debut in August. The movie also stars Loretta Devine and Kadeem Hardison, but alas, not Nancy McKeon.

Idol Winner Carrie Underwood Graduates [People]
Fantasia Playing Fantasia in ‘Fantasia Story’ [Zap2it.com]

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