I Believe is the debut single released by singer and American Idol Season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino, as well as the American Idol Season 3 runner-up, Diana DeGarmo. The song significantly helped Fantasia rise to fame. The song was co-written by former American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray.

History[edit | edit source]

Fantasia sang "I Believe" in the finale of American Idol (Season 3) as her last performance within the competition. Diana sang the song first, also in the finale, for her first performance of the night. Fantasia's final performance that evening is regarded by some fans and critics as one of the most outstanding performances in the show's history. Only her two performances of "Summertime" (which are considered by some to be among the best performances in the show's history) received more praise. Fantasia received outstanding praise and was declared the winner of American Idol by all three judges. The judges predictions came true and Fantasia was crowned American Idol the following evening. An ecstatic and tearful Fantasia performed her new single "I Believe" minutes after the announcement. Diana's performance was also well-received by the judges.

The song was an instant success for Fantasia when it was released on June 22, 2004. It performed well on the radio and sales charts of the United States and Canada debuting at number one in both nations. This made Fantasia the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one with a first record. "I Believe" is also the winner of three Billboard Awards. "I Believe" is noted for its inspirational lyrics.

The runner up of American Idol Season 3, Diana DeGarmo, also sang this song during the Final 2 showdown and in addition, sang it during the finale as an encore performance. Although she did not win the competition, she did release the song as a single but did not release it on her debut album.

Cover Versions[edit | edit source]

American Idol contestants LaKisha Jones (Season 6), Syesha Mercado (Season 7), Joshua Ledet (Season 11), Curtis Finch, Jr. (Season 12), Malaya Watson (Season 13), and Just Sam (Season 18) have all sung this song on the show.

Chart Performance[edit | edit source]

When the song was released it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one. The CD was a substantial success in the U.S. and in Canada. In its debut week, the single shattered the first-week sales record for any single in 2004 in the U.S. "I Believe" was certified double platinum by the CRIA in Canada, selling more than 80,000 units. It has sold more than 500,000 copies in the United States, making it one of the most successful single of 2004. "I Believe" was number one on the U.S single sales chart for eleven consecutive weeks and ten weeks in Canada, giving it the longest stay at number one on the chart by any Idol contestant. "I Believe" also spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B Single Sales chart. "I Believe" hit number one on more music charts than any other Idol contestant's debut single so far.

Chart Positions[edit | edit source]

Chart Information (2004) Positions
Canadian Single Sales Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. R&B/Hip-hop 12
Australian 'ARIA' Singles Chart 4
New Zealand 'RIANZ' Singles Chart 20


Awards[edit | edit source]

Billboard Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2004 Billboard Top Selling Single of the Year
  • 2004 Billboard Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year
  • 2005 Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year


American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)  · Katy Perry (Seasons 16-)  · Luke Bryan (Seasons 16-)  · Lionel Richie (Seasons 16-)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe · Laine Hardy · Just Sam
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae · Caleb Lee Hutchinson · Alejandro Aranda · Arthur Gunn
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas
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