Johanna Pacitti, a top-36 contestant on “American Idol”, has been forced to pull out from the show because of ties to an executive from the show. Pacitti was nicknamed “the ringer” due to her previous performing experience.
Pacitti already contained an impressive singing resume, with one album entitled “This Crazy Life” released in 2006. Her songs have appeared on the 2001 “Legally Blonde”, “Cadet Kelly”, “First Daughter”, “Nancy Drew”, and the “Bratz: Motion Picture” soundtrack. Her ties to Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski from 19 Entertainment were ultimately the reason Pacitti was removed from the competition.
Pacitti made the cut on February 11, but was asked to remove herself from the competition the following morning. The “American Idol’s” website released a statement saying “It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition.”
According to tmz.com, Pacitti already had two record deals with Geffen and A&M Records, and was originally managed by a big wig at 19 Entertainment (the company that produces “Idol”). When rumors started circulating about the beautiful singer’s connections to the production company, investigations were made, and a resignation was demanded immediately. Singer Felicia Barton will replace Pacitti in the top-36 fleet.