Fantasia Barrino is the newly crowned "American Idol." Barrino had a 1.3 million-vote edge over runner-up Diana DeGarmo when the results were announced during last night's (May 26) finale.

Fantasia Barrino is the newly crowned "American Idol." Barrino, who wowed viewers of Fox's reality show with her rich, gospel-tinged performance of pop tunes, including the Gershwin standard "Summertime," had a 1.3 million-vote edge over runner-up Diana DeGarmo when the results were announced during last night's (May 26) finale.

Barrino emerged from among 70,000 contestants to claim the title, a record contract with RCA and a shot at music stardom.

America got it "100 percent right," said Simon Cowell, the usually acerbic "Idol" judge and music producer who was among those who fell under Barrino's spell.

"There aren't many other artists in America right now that I'd prefer to have on my label," Cowell said after the ceremony.

More than 65 million votes were cast, a record in the show's three seasons. Last year, Ruben Studdard claimed the title with a slim 134,000-vote margin over Clay Aiken out of 24 million votes cast.

Barrino's first single will be a song she and DeGarmo both tried out Tuesday night: "I Believe," written by Tamyra Gray, a contestant from season one.


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