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American Idol : Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo ties to the Christian Church

As many of you well know, the hit reality tv show, “American Idol(American Idol)”:http://www.idolonfox.com is concluding this week with what the website promises to be a “toe to toe” showdown.

bq.. THE FINAL TWO! DIANA & FANTASIA !

Two small town, Southern girls. One hails from “High Point, NC(High Point, NC)”:http://www.city-data.com/city/High-Point-North-Carolina.html. The other is from tiny “Snellville, GA(Snellville, GA)”:http://www.city-data.com/city/Snellville-Georgia.html. Another thing they have in common is that they both captured America’s hearts with their shining personalities and powerful voices. But only one of them can become the next American Idol.

Watch this coming week as Fantasia Barrino and Diana DeGarmo go toe to toe, competing for the votes that will deliver them to the title. The winner will join Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard in the Idol pantheon.

p. What does this have to do with the body of Christ or better put, what ties do these contestants have with the Christian faith?

“Fantasia Barrino”:http://www.idolonfox.com/contestants/fantasia_barrino/index.htm has been open and vocal about her faith, once stating on the show that her parents are Christian pastors and that she is actively involved with her local church. Apart from her vocal stylings, she is known for a dance called the “Bobo.” In an recent interview, she clarified that the “Bobo” is actually the praise dance or “shout” that the worshippers do at her home church.

“Diana DeGarmo”:http://www.idolonfox.com/contestants/diana_degarmo/index.htm, though neutral on a declaration of faith, is the niece of famed Christian artist Eddie DeGarmo. Eddie was mentioned in Access Atlanta’s “March 22nd 2004 (At 16, ‘Idol’ contestant at home on a stage — registration required)”:http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:v2JebtD56X0J:www.accessatlanta.com/news/content/entertainment/tv/0304/23idol.html article about his niece.

bq.. She has great musical genes. Her uncle, 49-year-old Eddie DeGarmo, was part of a popular 1980s Christian rock duo, DeGarmo and Key, which garnered nine Grammy nominations and toured with Amy Grant. He co-founded Christian label Forefront Records which helped launch the careers of Audio Adrenaline, DC Talk and Stacie Orrico and is now president of EMI Christian Music Group Publishing.

“She has the one major quality that every successful artist I’ve ever worked with has, and that is drive,” Eddie DeGarmo said. “It’s not all about talent.” He also noted that she has never asked him for help as a record executive: “She did it on her own.”

p. The American Idol phone lines will be open for four hours tonight in an effort to reduce busy signals and controversy.

Both of these young ladies are extremely talented, neither needs the backing of the American Idol title to succeed in the music business. And much like the Ruben and Clay decision from last season, I personally believe that Fox will probably give recording contracts to both contestants.

The purpose of American Idol is to create an household name, nationally known, mainstream pop artist, not a Christian artist, obviously. Last year’s winner, Ruben Studdard, added “We Have Not Forgotten”, an inspirational song featuring Christian artist Fred Hammond, to his debut CD. Ruben’s recording of this song, a tribute to his church roots and a expression of his faith, does not necessarily set a precedent for other Christians on Idol.

And the bible says:

bq.. Romans 14:22 Your personal convictions [on such matters]–exercise [them] as in God’s presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey His will]. Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do].

Romans 14:23 But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his convictions {and} he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate {and} proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful].

“Romans 14:22-23(Romans 14:22-23)”:http://biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bible?language=english&version=AMP&passage=Romans+14:22-23 (Amplified Version)

35 Responses to “American Idol : Fantasia Barrino, Diana DeGarmo ties to the Christian Church”

  1. If anyone is interested in playing the “I Believe” song for themselves, I just finished transcribing the chords and matched them to the text. You can get a PDF or text-file for free here:

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  2. The family Church where Fantasia sang and worshipped is the Mercy Outreach Church Of Deliverance in High Point NC

    I have Fantasia and American Idol Page that links to more information for those interested

    http://tinyurl.com/2ebxx

  3. I have a question for Fantasia – - – I was very impressed with her interviews and deep faith – I truly believe this was much of her success.

    Why oh Why did she get on the stage this year when say during Idol 4 and say they way to win was get on stage and “Act Ugly” – - where has her putting God #1 gone ?

  4. Thank you for your help!

  5. Mr. Barrino, Your voice is unmatched and your passion for zeal unquestionable. I’m a song writter I was nominatted one of Paramount Groups best new writters of 2009. I have two songs I’d like you to listen to and record. If I could have the pleasure of submitting them to you. My name is Tracy Smith if your manager would like to contact me I can be reached at 904-317-9305 of 504-756-2454, email me of feel free to call. I look forward to hearing from you.

  6. Ms.. Barrino, Your voice is unmatched and your passion for zeal unquestionable. I’m a song writter I was nominatted one of Paramount Groups best new writters of 2009. I have two songs I’d like you to listen to and record. If I could have the pleasure of submitting them to you. My name is Tracy Smith if your manager would like to contact me I can be reached at 904-317-9305 of 504-756-2454, email me of feel free to call. I look forward to hearing from you.

  7. thanks for the info, i have been looking for this, is there anyway i can get updates from you on my email, i mean i have heard that this is something called subscribe, but i am very new on the internet and i dont know how to do this :-/

  8. I really enjoyed the top 5 Idol group medley last night. It was sad to see Aaron Kelly eliminated but I believe the others were better hence he had to go!

  9. I loved the top 5 American idol group medley last night. It was sad to see Aaron Kelly removed but I believe the other contestants were better singers hence he needed to go!

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  11. Check this video out — Kelly Clarkson graba a Jill&Kate: ‘Finding My Own Way’ http://youtube.com/xbwdnX30gc4

  12. I see American Idol winner Lee has recently signed up to RCA records. I can’t wait to buy his upcoming album.

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  15. I believe Donald Trump would be a better American Idol judge compared with Harry Connick Jr. – Trump is not afraid to express what he thinks plus can be as controversial as Simon Cowell.

  16. I believe Donald Trump would be a much better American Idol judge compared with Harry Connick Jr. – Trump isn’t afraid to say what he thinks plus can be as outspoken as Simon Cowell.

  17. Fantasia,

    I just happened to view your t.v. program and I heard what you have been experiencing. God loves you but He gave you that gift to glorify Him. You started out singing for Him. Remember your in another arena now. The thief comes only to steal and destroy. Don’t let the distractions lead you further away from Christ. Yolanda Adams uses her gift to glorify God and it has granted her a world wide audience. Oftentimes when we rebel God will allow us to suffer to get us back into the fold. I will keep you in my prayers

  18. american idol is probably the best singing contest tv show on TV. i love this show’-`

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