Thursday, February 12, 2009
Joanna Pacitti Disqualified from "Idol"
"American Idol" has just revealed the top 36 contestants of season eight, but one of those 36 has already been booted. Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from the competition because she had close relationships with two people who work at 19 Entertainment, which is one of "Idol"s producers. All three may have even lived in the same L.A. apartment for several years. "The producers do the background checks right around the Hollywood Week round. When they see something that stands out, they have to address it" Ryan Seacrest told Fox News. "And they saw something, and there was apparently some sort of a link that, somewhere along the line, could be construed as one that's close to the competition, and they didn't want to risk it. It's a sad thing to have to tell a contestant they can't compete. But we have to play by our rules." Felicia Barton, a 26 year old mother from Virginia Beach, Virginia will replace Pacitti in the Top 36.