Diana And Fantasia Battle On ‘American Idol’

Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia Barrino, the final two ‘American Idol’ contestants for the FOX show’s third season, were photographed on stage at Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Tuesday (May 25). Check out pictures from WireImage.

Fantasia Barrino Voted ‘American Idol’

May 26, 2004 – Fantasia Barrino was named the winner of ‘American Idol’ on Wednesday night, beating out Diana DeGarmo. Barrino told the crowd at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles: “I been through some things but I worked hard to get to where I’m at.” DeGarmo said in defeat: “I’m so proud to have come here with Fantasia. She’s my girl and you guys will treat her well.”

No Underaged ‘Idol’ Hopefuls Next Season

May 22, 2004 – The National Enquirer reports that under a new rule beginning next season on ‘American Idol’, nobody under 18-years-old will be allowed to compete on the hit program. “It’s just too much trouble – and too expensive – to fly in parents and chaperones for underaged contestants.” This season’s underaged contestants included Diana DeGarmo (16), Jasmine Trias (17), John Stevens (16), and Leah LaBelle (17).

Slow & Steady Race A Winner

The New York Daily News TV critic David Bianculli shared his thoughts on Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol’ finale, where Fantasia Barrino beat out Diana DeGarmo. Bianculli thought Barrino’s victory helps Fox and ‘American Idol’ bury any questions about racism from voters. He added, “And when she sang ‘I Believe’ at the end – singing of a dream that had just come true on stage – it was a joyful end to a strong ‘Idol’ season.”

Diana DeGarmo Discusses Her Figure

‘American Idol’ finalist Diana DeGarmo has not only endured criticism about her talent, but also about her figure, which doesn’t conform to Hollywood’s stick-thin standards. But the 16-year-old has taken it all in stride. “I’m not perfect, and nobody is,” she tells The New York Daily News. “At home, I worked out four times a week with a trainer, bodybuilding and weightlifting. Since I’ve been on the show, I haven’t had time for that.”

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