Monday, April 20, 2009

Fantasia's Getting a Reality Show

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 4/20/2009 No comments
Fantasia Barrino is the latest star to be getting her own reality TV show. VH1 has announced that the show will begin airing in early 2010 on the network, though the title of the show has not yet been released. Fantasia is no stranger to reality TV, of course, since her rise to stardom came as a result of her winning season three of American Idol. This will be a little different, though, since cameras will be following her around everywhere she goes.

I expect that Fantasia, a High Point native who lives in Charlotte, will be one of the few reality TV stars who actually keeps it "real" on her show. I envision it being similar to Keyshia Cole's show in how she's very open about her personal and family life. In fact, Fantasia has hinted that one of the things the show will cover is her working on getting her GED. It's also recently been reported that she'll be resuming her role as Celie in the stage adaptation of The Color Purple, during a three-month run beginning June 30 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., so we might see some of that in the show as well.

We should see a good bit of Charlotte depicted in the show, too. Fantasia owns two homes here--I'm sure everyone remembers that a few months ago one of them was in jeopardy of being foreclosed on and auctioned off, but she worked that out and was able to save her house. Most of her close family lives here. And she can be found around town from time to time. In fact, she was scheduled to attend a birthday party Saturday at Club 935 for her brother Joe Barrino.

I'm actually looking forward to Fantasia's new show. She has a very interesting life and is an extremely talented young woman. And she's done a great job of overcoming adversity. But reality TV can be tricky--it can either make you or break you. And VH1 has a history of buffoonery when it comes to reality shows. Regardless, be on the lookout for TV cameras soon around Charlotte and you just might be able to make a cameo.


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