Meet Felicia Barton who has just advanced to American Idol Top 36 in season 8, replacing Joanna Pacitti. See photos, video and a biography of the 26-year-old pop singer here.
After mounting controversy, and much outcry among American Idol fans, a terse statement on the American Idol Web site delivered the news, “It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition.” The statement was released after she had been seen advancing to the Top 36 on the February 11, 2009 telecast.
The ruling seems long overdue. Joanna Pacitti has drawn ire from American Idol fans from the outset; the 24 year old singer has already released a debut album in 2006 on Geffen Records, recorded a track for the ‘Bratz movie, ‘Out From Under’ that was covered by Britney Spears in her recently released sixth studio album, ‘Circus.’ Additionally, she had a deal with A&M Records, in which she recorded a single, “Let It Slide.”
Beyond established facts there were also rumors, in particular regarding her alleged close personal relationships she had with executives from 19 Management, which is one of the companies that produces the American Idol program and manages some of the winners. According to the LA Times, it was for this latter reason, that Pacitti was disqualified, to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Now the genuinely amateur American Idol hopeful Felicia Barton advances forward in her dream.
Here is the complete list of American Idol Top 36
Female: Alexis Grace, Allison Iraheta, Ann Marie Boskovich, Arianna Afsar, Casey Carlson, Felicia Barton, Jackie Tohn, Jasmine Murray, Jeanine Vailes, Jessie Langseth, Kendall Beard, Kristen McNamara, Lil Rounds, Megan Corkrey, Mishavonna Henson, Stevie Wright, Tatiana Nicole Del Toro and Taylor Vaifanua.
Male: Adam Lambert, Alexander Wagner-Trugman, Anoop Desai, Brent Keith, Danny Gokey, Jorge Nunez, Ju’Not Joyner, Kai Kalama, Kris Allen, Matt Breitzke, Matt Giraud, Michael Sarver, Nathaniel Marshall, Nick Mitchell, Ricky Braddy, Scott Macintyre, Stephen Fowler and Von Smith.
As a biography, Felicia Barton is 26 years old and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Pursuing her singing career has been a lifelong ambition. For her American Idol audition, she sang “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. In addition to singing pop music, she also sings Christian music and is the praise and worship leader at Freedom Fellowship in Virginia Beach.
She is married to an audio engineer who is supportive of her music career. She describes her son as her biggest fan.
Here are photos of Felicia Barton. See more photos and watch video below.