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Fantasia says she won't let public forget her

'American Idol' winner wants to have staying power beyond reality show
/ Source: The Associated Press

Days before the last show in the "American Idol Live" tour, Fantasia Barrino, winner of the third season of the popular U.S. TV singing competition, insisted Sunday that she will not be forgotten.

"I'm not going to let people forget me. I'm going to be on cereal boxes, milk cartons and ice-cream trucks," said the 19-year-old from North Carolina.

Barrino was speaking to reporters in Singapore, where she and six finalists from the show will perform on Tuesday as part of their three-month, 50-city tour.

"I don't want everybody to see me as the American Idol — I want them to see me as Fantasia," she said.

A year ago, Barrino was unemployed and borrowing money to rent a one-bedroom apartment where she lived with her daughter, Zion, now age 2.

Now she has a new $500,000 home, a new single on music store shelves — and a lot of optimism.

"I think it's just about pushing past 'American Idol' and going on with your career," she said.

"American Idol" is an enormously popular TV show in Singapore — the live tour's only stop outside the United States. LAMC Productions, a promoter in the wealthy Southeast Asian city-state, said it won rights to host the event after an intense bidding competition.