Idol Finalist Joanna Pacitti Disqualified

February 12, 2009 By:
Idol Finalist Joanna Pacitti Disqualified

Last night the group of American Idol hopefuls was whiddled doen to a remaining 36 contestants. They each headed over to the judges mansion and sat before them, one by one, to learn their judgement as to whether they were staying in the competition or not.

We agreed with most of the judge’s choices. And when Simon and the crew weren’t 100% positive about someone, they’d pit them against another hopeful in a sing-off. Each time that resulted in one person staying and one tearfully saying goodbye.

But one person in particular was not subject to a sing-off or a farewell from the judges. Her name is Joanna Pacitti, who has been rumored since the start of the competition to have close ties with the production, not to mention a former record deal with A&R. She forgot her words twice on Hollywood, which Simon said previously is an automatic no, but somehow Joanna slid by and made it into the top 36. This seemed a little strange to us.

But this morning, Fox decided it truly was an unfair advantage to keep her in the competition, and disqualified her. They said in a statement, "It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition.”

Her close relationship with executives at 19 Entertainment, paired with her former record deal ended up being too much for someone that supposed to be relatively unknown. And Star magazine even reported that Pacitti used to lived in the same apartment building as 19's Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski, even referring to the former exec as her best friend.

Bad news for Joanna, but great news for Felicia Barton, who was sent home last night. She’s now back in the competition. At least Fox is keeping it fair!