FANTASIA: Ray Mickshaw/FOX
EW Staff
May 19, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Fantasia Barrino made our all-time ”Idol” Top 10

Song ”Summertime”

Date April 14, 2004 (season 3)

Why We Remember On a soundtrack-themed night filled with covers of Whitney, Celine, and Phil Collins, Fantasia (shown here during her semifinal performance) took a completely different path, choosing the haunting lullaby ”Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess, a song she said she’d never heard prior to the competition. Yet, crouched on the stage and singing with a raw emotion that drew comparisons to a young Aretha, Fantasia moved not only herself to tears but a large chunk of the viewing audience as well. If you were lucky enough to catch her performance, then you know you witnessed a moment of true musical magic, one that future Idol finalists can only hope to match.

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