Fantasia Barrino has topped American Idol and Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell's list as the best singer ever on the Trans-Atlantic TV talent shows.

The nasty Brit admits big-voiced Barrino, who struggled with illiteracy during her time on the show last year (05), remains his favourite Idol winner, even though KELLY CLARKSON - the show's first victor - is by far the most successful.

Cowell says, "If we had to choose one Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia - I like her."