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. After successfully appealing the initial rejection of her case, Pacitti eventually settled out of court on undisclosed terms.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
|2006||This Crazy Life
- "Let It Slide" (2006)
- 2001 Legally Blonde Soundtrack – "Watch Me Shine"
- 2002 Cadet Kelly Soundtrack - "Watch Me Shine"
- 2003 My Scene Chelsea Mix – "Just When You're Leaving" (different version from the album version, Promotional Only Release)
- 2004 First Daughter Soundtrack - "Fall"
- 2007 Nancy Drew Soundtrack - "Pretty Much Amazing"
- 2007 Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack - "Out From Under"