Former Annie Ousted from "American Idol" Competition

News   Former Annie Ousted from "American Idol" Competition
Although the Feb. 11 "American Idol" telecast revealed that Joanna Pacitti — who was chosen to star in the 20th anniversary revival of Annie, only to be dismissed from the show before the production reached Broadway after a few months on the road — had been named one of the top 36 finalists of this year's singing competition, the young singer has been disqualified from the competition.
Joanna Pacitti
Joanna Pacitti

Entertainment Weekly reports that 26-year-old Felicia Barton will now fill the slot originally taken by Pacitti. A Fox press statement released Feb. 12 says, "It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition."

Pacitti had a previous recording deal with A&M Records. Star magazine also reported that Pacitti had lived in the same building as two of the executives of 19, the production company behind the Fox series.

Adam Lambert, who was part of the cast of the Los Angeles production of Wicked, however, is one of the top 36 "American Idol" finalists. Lambert and 35 other young singers will now vie in weekly competitions for the title of "American Idol."

Among the many "American Idol" finalists and/or winners who have appeared on Broadway are Fantasia, Diana DeGarmo, Tamyra Gray, Constantine Maroulis, Frenchie Davis, Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks.

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