Saturday (21AUG04) was declared FANTASIA DAY in American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino's home state of North Carolina, after the singer returned to her roots for a concert.

State Governor MIKE EASLEY presented the thrilled singer with her official proclamation just before Barrino took to the stage for the North Carolina leg of the American Idols tour.

He told the singer, who has dropped her surname for professional reasons, "This is a true testament to what happens when you put your heart and soul into your dream.

"Fantasia has shown through her amazing talent and larger-than-life personality that goodness does really grow right here in North Carolina."

Saturday night's concert was the first time Fantasia had performed in North Carolina since winning the American Idol title in May (04).

23/08/2004 10:41