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Joanna Pacitti’s “Idol” exit stokes rumor mill
Joanna Pacitti’s controversial bid for another shot at making it big in the music business through ” American Idol” has come to an abrupt end after being booted from the Top 36.
But the precise reasons for her swift exit sent the rumor mill into overdrive. While Fox said “it had been determined that Joanna Pacittii is ineligible to continue in the competition”, “Idol” producers gave no details over what prompted their decision after judges Simon, Kara, Paula and Randy decided to give her another chance.
Was it just Pacitti’s previous record deal — she released an album in 2006 — or the fact that she had also starred in an MTV documentary and opened for Sheryl Crow?
Star magazine is claiming much of the credit for her exit with a story it ran in its Feb 16 issue that appeared to show some major conflict of interest issues involving Pacitti and the company that produces “American Idol”, 19 Entertainment.
Star said Pacitti lived in the same LA apartment complex as two 19 Entertainment executives and that one of them used to be her manager. Celebrity web site TMZ.com said producers demanded Pacitti’s resignation from the show on Wednesday and fired her when she refused.
With Fox and “Idol” keeping mum, it’s hard to know what producers knew, and when, but fans have been crying foul ever since Pacitti made it through the early auditions.
Pacitti’s exit overshadowed some of the other upsets from Wednesday night’s brutal eliminations. Jamar Rogers, best buddy of singing teacher Danny Gokey, was as stunned at getting a ticket home as incessant weeper/screamer Tatiana Del Toro was at staying in.
Would fans have kept Joanna Pacitti, Tatiana and Jamar? Viewers get their chance to weigh in next week when telephone and text voting finally starts. Who deserves to go next — and who would you bring back in the Wild Card round?
Photo:Michael Becker / FOX.