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.
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.
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