Joanna Pacitti: From Annie to MTV to American Idol

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Long-time music fans may have done a double take when they saw Joanna Pacitti auditioning for American Idol this week.

While the singer received a ticket to Hollywood, it came with a cloud of controversy.

After all, this is the same Joanna Pacitti that has enjoyed a decade-long career - or attempt at a career, at least - in the music industry.

Here's a timeline of her pre-Idol life:
1996: Pacitti wins the role of Annie and performs on a national tour of the musical. But she's fired before the Broadway opening and her mother sues for millions. The sides reach an undisclosed settlement.

1997: The youngster appears on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and Good Morning America, among other programs, to discuss her firing (sample quote: "I just have to remember that…I’m the real Annie…and the sun will come out tomorrow”). Pacitti is offered sitcoms and a book deal.

Click on the photos above to get a look at Pacitti over the years.

2001: She signs with A&M Records, releasing the single “Watch Me Shine” on 2001’s Legally Blonde soundtrack.

2003: Pacitti stars on MTV True Life: First Year, which chronicles her label’s grooming of its potential star.

2006: She releases an album, This Crazy Life. It hits #31 on the Heatseekers chart. A song ("Out From Under," later covered by Britney Spears) from the CD appears on the Bratz soundtrack, but she’s dropped in late 2007.

You tell us: Does Joanna Pacitti have too much experience to try out for American Idol?


This states the deal fell apart, so did her recording contract, what's the big deal? The Idol rules state that you can't be in a current contract, she isn't. Leave Joanna alone. The girl is talented.


Joanna Pacitti Biography

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Joanna Pacitti