Fantasia Is The New American Idol!!

Two young singing southern belles, battled it out in Tinseltown for weeks to see who will become the next 'American Idol' and tonight, the big finish!

After millions of television viewers cast telephone and text message votes for their favorite singer --feisty, soulful Fantasia Barrino is crowned the new American Idol!

Barrino --a single mother from High Point, North Carolina sang three songs during Tuesday night's final round of performances.

A tearful Barrino brought the audience at Hollywood's Kodak theater to its feet with "I believe"  tonight.

Last year's winner, Ruben Studdard, and runner-up, Clay Aiken, secured recording contracts and hit albums.