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Idolette Pacitti Vanishes In Middle of the Night

At 1:13 a.m. ET Wednesday night -- right around the time West Coast viewers were seeing "American Idol" judges tell Joanna Pacitti, former professional singer, that she was going to get yet another chance and give her one of the precious 36 semifinalists slots on the show -- Fox network was blasting its traditional "American Idol Semifinalists Revealed!" e-mail to The Reporters Who Cover Television:

"Auditions ended tonight for the eighth season of AMERICAN IDOL as the Top 36 semifinalists were revealed by Simon, Paula, Randy and Kara. It's now up to America to decide who advances in the competition and moves one step closer to becoming the next AMERICAN IDOL," Fox gushed. Very business-as-usual stuff.

Joanna Pacitti auditioning for "American Idol." (Fox via YouTube)

But, technically, not accurate. Because viewers - who do the Idol voting from here on out -- won't get to decide whether one of the 36 semi-finalists Fox revealed on the show Wednesday night becomes the next American Idol winner. Way down in the news release - why, it's the very last line! - past all the blah, blah, blah, about what happened on the show Wednesday night, below all the pretty pictures of the 36 semifinalists, below their 36 bios, some Fox suit had added this:

[EDITOR'S NOTE: It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition. AMERICAN IDOL contestant Felicia Barton has replaced Ms. Pacitti as part of the Top 36.]

It appears Pacitti was sent packing to try to put the kibOsh on reports that, in her capacity as a singer who had been sorta kinda on the verge of making it in the music biz but fell off the edge of that earth and was now trying to claw her way back, Pacitti had been tight with some of the suits at 19 Entertainment - one of the companies that produces hands on "American Idol."

Try reaching a Fox executive to discuss this. We did.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 12, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  "American Idol"  
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It wouldn't be IDOL without some controversy, eh?

Posted by: ArlingtonGay | February 12, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

So, was "tight" supposed to be double entendre, Pooky?

Posted by: Joran | February 12, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Jamal is the one should have taken her spot, but I guess they had to give it to a girl.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 12, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how hot she would look in a bathing suit...oh and


Posted by: igetdeadbeats | February 12, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't they put Jamar back with his friend Danny and replace Joanna with Nathaniel to get a reasonable facsimile of gender equality?

Posted by: jd121 | February 12, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

One minor point: "Because viewers - who do the Idol voting from here on out" isn't entirely accurate. Over the next 3 weeks viewers will vote for 9 of the top 12 -- 3 contestants per week will advance. The remaining 3 will be chosen by the judges. Once the final 12 are chosen, then their fate is entirely in the hands of voting viewers.

Posted by: Duodenum | February 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Joanna's gone - she's a pretty girl with a nice voice but her Hollywood week wasn't even close to good. I want Jamar back too! Maybe some revelation will come out tonight about one of those guys - hopefully Nick/Norm or hankey boy Nathaniel and they'll bring him back. One can only hope . . .

Posted by: MILW | February 12, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

AI will have a Wild Card group. Don't worry about Jamar, he will defintely be back! AI just like to break up the buddies and see their reunions later. It is a DRAMA!

2 or 3 contestants who lost in the sign off last night may also return on the wildcard.

Posted by: poresident97 | February 12, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm thankful for this one--considering how consistently she messed up on stage, plus her more or less bonafide (if failed) singer-dom, it was nothing less than blatant favoritism that put her through to the Top 36. I agree with whoever said "they should've replaced her with Jamar," but I guess they want to keep the numbers of girls and guys even, huh? Too bad... they really should've kept the Jamar-Danny dynamic going.

Posted by: Kureno | February 13, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

poresident97 - Jamar cannot come back, unless someone else is disqualified and he's chosen as a replacement. As I described in my earlier post, the 3 wildcard contestants come from those of the final 36 who aren't voted forward over the next 3 weeks. Jamar's not one of them; he's done.

Posted by: Duodenum | February 13, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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