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Idol Worship: Joanna Pacitti Makes First Public Appearance

Four days after news broke of her disqualification from season 8 of American Idol, Top 36 hopeful Joanna Pacitti rejoined the real world, coming out to L.A.'s the Roxy to cheer on Ballas Hough Band, the pop-rock five-piece featuring her boyfriend (and Dancing with the Stars regular) Mark Ballas.

Looking upbeat and ready to get her rock on, Pacitti was surrounded by Dancing alums like Lance Bass, Shannon Elizabeth and Kristi Yamaguchi in what was a decidedly jovial scene in the club's VIP area. But halfway through the show, Pacitti darted into the crowd (with Ballas' mother) and made her way to the front where all kinds of PDA transpired. First, Ballas serenaded his girlfriend with the band's first single, "Do It For You," then he intro'd the song "Longing For" with, "This one's for you, Jo," and proceeded to plant one on Pacitti for all to see! (His mom later got a peck, too.) It was all very sweet and, dare we say, heartwarming.

After the show, we cornered the happy couple and were glad to see their giddiness wasn't limited to the stage. Still, American Idol was like a dark cloud hanging above, and we just had to ask Pacitti: how are you doing? "OK," she replied with a smile. "The first couple of days, I was really positive and fine about it. Like, everything happens for a reason. But it kind of hit me on Valentine's Day."

We can't imagine the emotional roller-coaster ride that she (and replacement Felicia Barton) must be on right now, but we were impressed by Pacitti's optimism. It seemed that she really wasn't looking back anymore at this point, she's honed in on the present. And having been through the ringer a few times, she knows what to expect of the future. "Humbled" was a word she used repeatedly, before declaring, "It was the best experience I've ever been through."         -- Shirley Halperin

February 16, 2009 in American Idol | Permalink


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Posted by: annabobic | Feb 16, 2009 1:41:18 PM

Which is her real facebook account?

Posted by: Lebron | Feb 16, 2009 1:47:12 PM


Posted by: John | Feb 16, 2009 2:45:19 PM


Posted by: Ria | Feb 16, 2009 3:44:10 PM

not sure what that means. I have to say good for her. She needs to get out. She did nothing wrong Just drama. Go Joanna be happy

Posted by: Ria | Feb 16, 2009 3:46:38 PM

The girl did not know her lyrics twice and made it through - yes, that does seem like favoritism. Maybe this reality check will help her or she can sue again.

Posted by: Alice | Feb 16, 2009 5:07:24 PM

You must be Joanna's agent, sure you didn't live in the same apartment complex as the 19 execs.

Posted by: Marsha | Feb 16, 2009 5:14:34 PM

Please what a puff piece. Are you on her payroll.It was an obvious publicity stunt you were too happy to help with. She is a continuing failure who now wants to ride her D List celebrity boyfriends coattails.

Posted by: Jeff | Feb 16, 2009 5:23:59 PM

They were lying about their relationship to hide the additional questionable connection between Mark Ballas and judge Kara who wrote a song for him. Its not heartwarming, they both seem like cheaters

Posted by: Susan | Feb 16, 2009 5:57:49 PM

Which is her real facebook account?

Posted by: Lebron | Feb 16, 2009 10:29:43 PM

who cares about her???? What about Jamar he deserved a spot for top 36!!!!!! Can you do more on what Jamar is up to now????????

Posted by: brenda | Feb 16, 2009 11:38:03 PM

Emotional rollercoaster? I imagine she was worried for a long time that she would get caught lying about her relationships to the show and to that dancer. Now she can just worry about keeping this alive for as long as possible.

Posted by: Jenn | Feb 17, 2009 11:20:32 AM

They are both cheaters. Joanna is a cheater at life, trying to hide her connections and professional relationships. And her "d-list" celebrity boyfriend cheated on his last girlfriend (who actually has a career) with this skanky-ass, unemployed wannabe. They deserve each other.

Posted by: Annie | Feb 18, 2009 6:51:10 PM

I agree, there is nothing sweet about this b.s. just another publicity whore trying to drag out 1 or 2 more minutes of fame. I laughed out loud when I saw her listed as unemployed on American Idol; maybe since she has been such a failure in the music business she should go to some trade school and get a skill.

Posted by: Mimi | Feb 19, 2009 7:53:16 AM

Agreed, who cares about this chick; I remember when her cd came out and it wasn't anything special and neither was she, thats the real reason it bombed. I would much rather hear about some undiscovered guy or girl trying to make it in the business than this retread. Everybody is not going to be a big music star, Joanna should know this by now with all the opportunities she has had and all she can do is get disqualified from Idol and a d-list dancer b/f.

Posted by: Carla | Feb 19, 2009 8:56:43 AM

Perhaps she had her chance, or chances, for a long time. But this is enough publicity to catapult another shot for her career. Looks like it was rather smart, all intended. A calculated cunning move.

Posted by: Jilly | Mar 7, 2009 7:05:43 PM

When I was in my late teens a friend of mine, an elite athlete, gave me the most profound yet simple advice that changed the way I would view myself forever. He told me "You yourself have to think you're great because no one else is going to tell you that you are."

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