Joanna Pacitti

“American Idol” Producers Still Think Show’s Viewers Are Idiots

Maura | February 13, 2009 - 3:45 am

The producers of American Idol hastily booted major-label refugee Joanna Pacitti from its semifinalist pool early yesterday morning, after the final Hollywood Week episode, complete with Pacitti celebrating her victory, had aired on Fox affiliates around the country. Why did the show’s higher-ups wait so long to give Pacitti the hook, given that many of… More »

“American Idol” Hastily Edits Felicia Barton Into The Top 36

Maura | February 12, 2009 - 8:30 am

During last night’s episode of American Idol—which, thanks to its mansion location, had a weird sort of Joe Millionaire feeling to the proceedings—major-label refugee Joanna Pacitti was shown as making it through to the circle of 36 semifinalists, while Felicia Barton, a Virginia mom and “bar singer” who also sings in her church, got sent… More »

Simon Cowell Is Not Very Happy That The Names Of This Year’s “American Idol” Semifinalists Are Out On The Internet

Maura | January 30, 2009 - 11:00 am

American Idol’s premier antifan site Vote For The Worst has got its hands on what it’s claiming is this season’s group of 36 semifinalists—i.e., all the people who made it through the Hollywood Round (which airs next week) and onto the big stage, where they’ll be held up for scrutiny in front of text-message-ready Fox… More »

“American Idol” Lets It Slide In The Bluegrass State

Maura | January 22, 2009 - 8:53 am

Yesterday, two pieces of distressing American Idol-related news crossed the transom: First, word that the Tuesday night episode had an eight-million-viewer week-to-week drop (although I wonder if that was because a lot of eyeballs got leeched away from Obamamania on ABC); and second, this year’s results shows will be back to their bloated hour-long lengthMore »

“American Idol” Is Playing Ringer Toss Again

Maura | December 4, 2008 - 3:00 am

In preparation for giving my weeknights over to yet another season of American Idol, I’ve been reading up on the rumored contestants for the coming season, and how many of their names will be vaguely familiar. Rumor has it that we’ll be seeing a Castro (Jason’s brother), an Osmond (Donny & Marie’s nephew), and a… More »