Thursday, February 12, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Joanna Pacitti's OUT of American Idol Season 8 Top 36 - Felicia Barton Is In!

If you watched American Idol last night, you saw a tearful Joanna Pacitti (pictured to the left) celebrating that fact she had made it into American Idol Season 8's final 36. However, it seems that after last night's show aired, the producers decided to eliminate her anyway, and she was replaced by Felicia Barton (pictured at right), who was one of the hopefuls who was shown getting cut last night. Here's the scoop from

Joanna Pacitti, the American Idol season 8 hopeful who was shown advancing to the top 36 on Wednesday night's telecast, has been booted from the competition and replaced by 26-year-old Felicia Barton. "It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition," stated a Fox press release sent early Thursday morning announcing the show's full roster of semifinalists.

For the last several weeks, Pacitti has been the subject of Internet chatter regarding her former deal with A&M Records, which yielded the single "Let It Slide", and more recently, for her rumored close relationship with a pair of 19 Entertainment executives. Specifically, Star magazine reported that Pacitti lived for a time in the same apartment building as 19's Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski, even referring to the former exec as her "best friend"; 19, of course, is the production company behind Idol.

Barton, meanwhile, was shown getting eliminated by the judges during Wednesday night's final Hollywood Week telecast, although a brief clip of her singing "Put Your Records On" during the Louisville, KY, audition round had created a decent mount of buzz among Idol watchers.

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