Fantasia Gets a VH1 Reality Series

Former "American Idol" star Fantasia Barrino will return to reality television in a new unscripted series on VH1.

"Fantasia has one of the most fascinating stories in show business, from her tough upbringing to her meteoric rise on the national scene thanks to 'American Idol,' " said Jeff Olde, executive vp original programming at VH1. "Her challenges from fame and her unwillingness to fail have combined to create a larger-than-life talent who appeals to music lovers around the world. So many people wanted to work with her on this, but Fantasia is now part of the VH1 family, and we're so happy to have her."

VH1's very on-brand project will chronicle Fantasia's life as a recording artist and young single mother. The series is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato and Tom Campbell for World of Wonder, with Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Olde producing for the network.

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.

The VH1 show's title and episode count have not been determined.

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