After show, exit music for 'Idol' fave


It wouldn't be an "American Idol" season without a little controversy.

Early judges' favorite Joanna Pacitti has been removed from the competition for failure to disclose relationships with executives at co-producer 19 Entertainment. She got the boot even though Wednesday night's episode showed her advancing to the semifinals.

"It has been determined that Joanna Pacitti is ineligible to continue in the competition," Fox said.

Pacitti was an early target among "Idol" fans who complained she didn't fit the amateur status of the show because of a previous label deal with A&R Records, an album and music videos — a throwback to Carly Smithson, who last year made it to the top six.

Controversies tend not to affect "Idol's" ratings much. Wednesday's episode was down slightly compared with the previous week despite expanding to two hours; it was seen by 24.8 million viewers and earned a 9.5 rating/ 23 share in adults 18-49.

"Idol" aired for the first time against ABC's "Lost" (9.8 million, 4.4/10) in the 9 p.m. hour. "Lost" was off 6% week-over-week. (partialdiff)