Fantasia Barrino beat out Diana Degarmo Wednesday night to become the new ‘American Idol’, and hours before the winner was announced, Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry was offering a nod at the singing competition during a campaign speech in Seattle, or was it more of a jab. “I know that the tension is high. People are really concerned about who’s going to win,” he said, with most believing he was referring to himself and President Bush. “Fantasia or Diana. I’m just joking [half the audience laughs]. Half of you don’t even know. That’s a good sign, actually. I’m encouraged. That’s very encouraging. You are smart out here in the state of Washington.”
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