"Idol" champ Fantasia to star in reality series

Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:30am EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino will return to reality television in a new unscripted series on VH1.

The nine-time Grammy nominee has received a series commitment from the network for a show, as yet untitled, that will premiere in early 2010.

The project will chronicle Fantasia's life as a recording artist and young single mother.

The North Carolinian rose to fame as the winner of the third season of "Idol" and has gone on to a successful career as a recording artist. Her autobiography, "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale," led to a Lifetime movie in which she played herself.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Fantasia Barrino performs at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, California February 9, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>