Joanna Pacitti kicked off from AI; Felicia Barton in

American Idol” contender Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from the TV talent show after producers discovered she’s a professional.


“It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition,” said in a statement on the official American Idol website.

Pacitti signed with A&M Records when she was 16, and has had songs featured on the soundtracks of Legally Blonde, First Daughter, Nancy Drew and the Bratz movie. Her song “Out From Under” was even covered by Britney Spears on her recent CD, “Circus”.


Felicia Barton of Virginia Beach, Va., replaced her in the top 36.

TMZ said producers demanded Pacitti’s resignation from the show on Wednesday and fired her when she refused. The celebrity website has learned that the American Idol hopeful was forced to pull out from the show because of ties to an A.I. executive.

The Top female semifinalists are:

Alexis Grace

Allison Iraheta

Ann Marie Boskovich

Arianna Afsar

Casey Carlson

Felicia Barton

Jackie Tohn

Jasmine Murray

Jeanine Vailes

Jessie Langseth

Kendall Beard

Kristen McNamara

Lil Rounds

Megan Corkrey

Mishavonna Henson

Stevie Wright

Tatiana Nicole Del Toro

Taylor Vaifanua

The Top male semifinalists are:

Adam Lambert

Alexander Wagner-Trugman

Anoop Desai

Brent Keith

Danny Gokey

Jorge Nunez

Ju’Not Joyner

Kai Kalama

Kris Allen

Matt Breitzke

Matt Giraud

Michael Sarver

Nathaniel Marshall

Nick Mitchell

Ricky Braddy

Scott MacIntyre

Stephen Fowler

Von Smith