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Joanna Pacitti
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Joanna Pacitti at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Carb Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Background information
Birth nameJoanna Pacitti
Born (1984-10-06) October 6, 1984 (age 34)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active1996–present
WebsiteOfficial MySpace

Joanna Pacitti (born October 6, 1984) is an American singer and former lead vocalist in the band City (Comma) State.



In 1996, at age 12, Pacitti was chosen to star in the 20th anniversary revival of the musical Annie after entering a contest sponsored by the department store Macy's. Pacitti starred in 106 performances with the national tour.

Shortly before the show was to open on Broadway, she was terminated by the show's producers.[1] After successfully appealing the initial rejection of her case,[1] Pacitti eventually settled out of court on undisclosed terms.[2]

Music career

Pacitti began pursuing a pop career in her teenage years. When she was 14 years old, Michelle Young met her and was impressed by her demo tapes. Young introduced her to various people in the music business, ultimately resulting in a five-year record deal with Ron Fair of A&M records.

In 2003, Pacitti was one of three participants in MTV's First Year, which detailed the process of obtaining various professions over the course of a year. Pacitti is seen attempting to launch a music career in the show.

In 2004, she had a brief appearance on the show What I Like About You, in which she played a singer named Amber and sang her song "Ultraviolet".

Pacitti's first single, "Let It Slide", was finally released in May 2006 under Geffen Records and went to radio at the end of June. Her debut album, This Crazy Life, was released on August 15, 2006. The album debuted at No. 31 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Throughout 2006, she toured with Sheryl Crow and Nick Lachey. She then joined Teen People's Rock'n’Shop Tour in July.

During the first half of 2007, Pacitti recorded the song "Out From Under" for the Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack.

When Geffen Records underwent budget cuts, Joanna had to leave the label in 2007. She had been working on a follow-up to This Crazy Life at the time.

American Idol

Pacitti auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Louisville, Kentucky, in an episode that aired on January 21, 2009. She passed the audition into the Hollywood round. Pacitti's career before this time has caused debate about whether American Idol contestants should be strictly amateur performers.[3]

On the February 11 Idol broadcast, she was advancing into the Top 36. FOX issued a press release the next morning announcing that Pacitti was "ineligible to continue" and was removed from the competition.[4] According to Star magazine, the reasoning behind this was that Pacitti has "very personal connections" to Michelle Young and Roger Widynowski, two executives that work at the Los Angeles office of American Idol's 19 Entertainment.

She was replaced on the program by Felicia Barton.[5][6]


Week Theme Song(s) Original artist Result
Audition N/A "We Belong" Pat Benatar Advanced
Hollywood Night 1 round Unaired Unaired Advanced
Hollywood Group performance "Some Kind of Wonderful" Soul Brothers Six Advanced
Hollywood N/A "If I Ain't Got You" Alicia Keys Advanced, later disqualified



Year Album details Peak Sales
2006 This Crazy Life
  • Released: August 15, 2006
  • Label: Geffen
  • US Sales: 16,000




  1. ^ a b Pacitti v. Macy's, 193 F.3d 766 (3d Cir. 1999)
  2. ^ Zinoman, Jason (May 21, 2004). "On Stage And Off". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
  3. ^ "For Some, American Idol is a Second Luck at Fame". Yahoo News. February 4, 2009.
  4. ^ Serjeant, Jill (February 12, 2009). ""American Idol" boots off Joanna Pacitti". Reuters.
  5. ^ Catlin, Roger. "Joanna Pacitti Ineligible, 'Idol' Says". Hartford Courant.
  6. ^ Elber, Lynn (February 12, 2009). "Joanna Pacitti Disqualified From "American Idol"". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 14, 2009.

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