Joanna Pacitti Disqualified From 'American Idol'
Joanna Pacitti Disqualified From 'American Idol'

"American Idol" season 8 contestant Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from the show, apparently due to her past history in the music business.

"It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition," Fox said in a statement without further elaboration.

There's been a decent amount of controversy surrounding Pacitti's professional past, including not only her former record deal (with A&M/Geffen, which released her debut album, "This Crazy Life," in 2006), but also an opening slot on the last Nick Lachey tour (Lachey is signed to Jive Records, which is owned by Sony BMG, the company that awards a recording contract to the "Idol" winner) and dubious connections to staffers at 19 Entertainment, including Pacitti's former manager.

In addition, her songs have appeared on high-profile soundtracks such as "Legally Blonde" and later on albums by major pop stars, like Britney Spears. She also had a long battle with the producers of a national tour of "Annie," who released Pacitti from a starring role after she contracted bronchitis -- a scandal covered by major news outlets at the time.

Unlike last season's Carly Smithson, whose ill-fated MCA debut under the name sold only a few hundred copies out the gate, Pacitti's moved more than 16,000.

Back in 2006, Pacitti did "a ton of press," says a former Geffen staffer, and some of those stories are now being discovered by the "Idol" curious. Just a couple weeks ago, the blogosphere was buzzing about an interview published in Philadelphia Magazine in July 2006, where Pacitti poo-poohs the overnight success machine that is "American Idol."

For more on Joanna Pacitti's disqualification from "American Idol," please visit Billboard's Jaded Insider blog.

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