photo: Kristen (Jower-Ho) ShafferFantasia--one of the greatest contestants from "American Idol," who is about to release her excellent fourth album, Side Effects of You--incredibly won the show nine years ago, and much has changed since her Season 3 victory. Until recently, Season 3 had been the most girl-powered season in "Idol" history (the only season to feature a girl-vs.-girl finale and an all-female top three), and soon after that season, "Idol" became a very male-dominated affair. But now, in Season 12, we have an all-female top five, which makes it so fitting that Fantasia is returning to the show to perform this Thursday.
Swinging by Yahoo! while in L.A. this week to discuss her evolving career and the evolution of "Idol," Fantasia was reluctant to name her favorite Season 12 contestant, but she did coyly remark, "Let's just say there's a young lady on there that's right around the corner from me, South Carolina [Editor's note: She means Candice Glover, y'all], and I think she's pretty good!" But Fantasia had advice for all five girls, telling them, "Keep good people with you, stay focused, and don't let the industry or anyone try to change you. Be who you are, and actually enjoy this."
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