By Amy Ryan
October 18, 2005 at 07:23 PM EDT

A North Carolina couple is urging the removal of road signs that say ”Welcome to High Point, Home of Fantasia Barrino” because they don’t like the way the American Idol winner portrays the town in her new memoir, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. In fact, they’ve launched their own website, Fantasiaslies.com, to counter Fantasia’s unflattering assertions in the book. (Hmm, I guess she made up all that stuff about growing up poor and illiterate.) Removing the road signs, which are not permanent, is not a high priority for High Point, Mayor Becky Smothers tells the Associated Press. ”There’s a lot more serious things happening right now than Fantasia’s signs,” she says.

Like, for instance, whether Fantasia will get the part of Effie in the upcoming movie version of Dreamgirls. Jamie Foxx, who does have a role in the movie, is endorsing her for the part. ”I think if Fantasia does it, it’s outta here,” the Ray star told reporters this weekend while promoting Jarhead. ”If Fantasia does the movie it’s completely in the stratosphere. It’s nuts.” My initial suggestion for the role was Fantasia’s onetime Idol competitor Jennifer Hudson, but Fantasia would be a fine choice, too.

Tell us, PopWatchers, who do you want to see and hear on the big screen, belting out ”And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going”?

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