Fantasia's brother gets 'American Idol' axe


Is it American Idol time already? Dozens of Season 7 contestants have been congregating daily at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles for Hollywood week. Among the hopefuls? Fantasia’s older brother, Ricco Barrino, who auditioned in Dallas with the gospel standard “A Change Is Gonna Come.” No doubt, talent runs through the Barrino blood (K-Ci and JoJo of Jodeci fame are cousins of Fantasia’s), but sadly for Ricco, his time in the spotlight was brief. The 27-year-old High Point, NC, native was cut after his first call-back.

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  • april

    I hate that he was cut because I know he can sing. I glad he is back up for Fantasia.

  • Jeff

    have another doughnut fantasia. wowzer. I doubt her brother can sing, she can’t sing much, she sounds like she should be on Alvin and the Chimpmunks.

    • debra

      That’s why she won idol and your
      talking out of your backside .
      stop hating.

  • apple

    Awww thats too bad that he didn’t make it. I was hoping that he would.

  • awww

    perhaps it’s not his singing but the song he chose. all too often people sing old songs when they should be singing something more fresh

  • autoprt

    had he not been her brother he may have gone farther, the idea of AI is to find unknown talent even though he doesn’t have a record deal he is still known through Fantasia

  • Sally

    having seen Fantasia in The Color Purple, I can attest, the girl CAN sing. Her interpretation of the songs in The Color Purple absolutely moved me to tears as it was so beautiful. The girl has been blessed. Stop bashing her.

  • Kevin Smith

    Wow, that is an uggo.


    Please lay off the Krispy Kremes! If you keep it up, they will need a bigger stage!

  • Journey

    it’s a shame you all don’t know the real. Ricco was actually let go in the last round not the 1st!
    Get it right if you’re gonna tell it.
    Thanks and this will not be the last you hear from him cause his spotlight just got brighter!

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  • Honey Daniels

    Ricco is actually a GREAT singer. I think it was hate going on that’s why he didn’t make it.
    Bigups to Ricco the next big STAR out of NC.

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