By EW Staff
March 15, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Fantasia Barrino’s pros and cons

AGE 19

HOMETOWN High Point, N.C.

FINALS-QUALIFYING SONG ”Something to Talk About”

SHE HAS SAID ”I think what’s different about me is I stand out from everybody else. I like to walk in the room and have everyone say, ‘Did you see what she’s got on? But it looks good!”’

PRO The judges love her…

CON …but fans sometimes forget to vote for front-runners (remember when Ruben was in the bottom three?).

EARLY WORD FROM SIMON ET AL. All three judges have given her raves, dubbing her a star in the making.

WE SAY Barring natural disasters, she’s going all the way.