No one could have predicted six years ago that Fantasia Barrino’s life would become such a mess. Fantasia’s overdose yesterday, days after her dalliance with married man Antwaun Cook was exposed, was a tearful coda to what seemed like a promising career when the talented single mom won “American Idol” six years ago.
It may take years for Fantasia, who has a 9-year-old daughter, to recover from this hardship. Will she be able to lean on some of her fellow season three “Idol” alumni for assistance?
It seems many of the “American Idol” Class of 2004 have gone through some big ups and downs since they left the show. Here’s an update on some of Fantasia’s fellow “Idol” finalists, including Diana DeGarmo and LaToya London and more.
* Jennifer Hudson — Fantasia’s most famous competitor was voted off surprisingly early, finishing seventh. But Hudson proved “Idol” voters wrong by winning an Oscar a couple years later for “Dreamgirls.” Her life since then has had some terrible lows (her mother, brother and nephew were murdered two years ago) and wonderful highs (she recently gave birth to a son).
* Diana DeGarmo The runner-up to Fantasia also went to Broadway. DeGarmo made her Broadway debut appeared on Broadway earlier this year in “Hair,” where she had to shed her clothes on stage each night for a crazy “declaration of freedom”dance scene. She co-starred with fellow “Idol” alum Ace Young.
* Jasmine Trias Best remembered as the girl from Hawaii, third-place finisher Trias became wildly popular in the Phillippines after her “Idol” stint, where McDonald’s even named a meal after her. She appeared in a Black Eyed Peas video but she’s never followed through on plans to release a second album. She’s currently singing in a show in Las Vegas.
* LaToya London Like Fantasia, the fourth-place finisher appeared in the Broadway show “The Color Purple,” touring with the show for three years. London attracted attention by posing in bondage for a voter registration campaign by Declare Yourself in 2008. But also like Fantasia, she’s had personal ups and downs. She had been a proud stepmom when she appeared on “Idol,” but she and her husband have since divorced.
* George Huff He placed fifth in season three, returning to the show to replace Donnie Williams (kicked off for a drunk driving violation) after being voted off by viewers. He’s had a similarly up and down recording career: He had a song featured in the 2007 Tyler Perry movie “Why Did I Get Married,” but his second album, released last year, sold just 4,000 copies. He is also a New Orleans native who was forced out of his home by Hurricane Katrina.