Randy Jackson: There Will Be Fewer Mentors Plus More on Joanna Pacitti

Shirley Halperin, as she often does, posted a couple of interesting items in her Billboard Jaded Insider blog this morning.

She spoke with Randy Jackson who said there might be fewer Idol mentors this year:

We asked Randy Jackson, who had little insight, but did say there would be fewer mentors this time around. “There have been a bunch of names bandied about, but I really don’t know who they are yet,” he said. “I do think we’re going to have less of them because it’s hard to get people to really chime in with all of these contestants. Not everyone is that vocal. Plus, it takes quite a bit of time.”

Randy says Season 8 is all about “switching things up” and hints there may be big changes coming to genre nights.   “We gotta keep it real and interesting, right?” he says….

Plus, Shirley attended the Ballas Hough Band concert in Los Angeles.   Disqualified Idol contestant, Joanna Pacitti was there to cheer her boyfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas on.

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.

A big show for the press. Ick.   Shirley got a few minutes with Joanna and Mark after the show:

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.”

I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last from Joanna.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I have a feeling we havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t heard the last from Joanna.

    Sigh.

  • hardkandy

    I have a feeling we havenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t heard the last from Joanna.

    Hopefully the feeling is wrong.

  • t2

    I really liked Joanna and thought she was very talented. It’s not her fault if AI PTB let all of this happen. I hope she gets a decent deal out of this. It’s not easy being publicly humiliated.

    Anyone else surprised that Simon hasn’t piped up about all of this.

  • hypertwink

    I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last from Joanna.

    Why does that feel like it should be accompanied by a MWAHAHAHA! :laugh_tb:

    ETA: About her being a pawn, I just find it weird that she didn’t think about how her friend and manager was an executive in 19. If that was the case, it’s a little bit stupid.

  • Tess

    Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s not easy being publicly humiliated.

    It’s not hard either when you set yourself up for everything! If this entire thing hasn’t been calculated by Joanna and her peep then the Girl is the dumbest thing imaginable. For heavens sake she has been “in the business” since she was about 10 and has learned, through her parents, how to manipulate the system to her own advantage. I’m sure BaBa WaWa didn’t just fall into the “I’m sick so they kicked me out of Annie” story on her own.

    My gosh….all of the pictures, including the new bikini pictures (in my opinion her bod ain’t nothing to crow about…she looks like most of the young girls you see at any pool here in Phoenix), her intimate relationships, her friendships, her humiliations on Idol (Let’s feel bad, even a pro messes up lyrics) seem to me to be as calculated as he!!.

    What is sad is that the “public” will eat up this melodrama and the girl will get all of the attention that her ego seems to crave.

  • blissful

    Yeah, this sounds like a big publicity stunt, but I’d rather hear from her rather than the bikini girl.

    I know bad publicity is still publicity, but showing her chocking in Hollywood does not help her image as a professional singer. She may have been better off being swept under like the Osmond guy. But then maybe she just wants to be famous.

  • SallyinIllinois

    She’s a pro. She knows the “right” people. She’ll be fine.

  • Idoltunz

    I’m not at all sad that she’s gone. She’s talented but she has to play by the rules. You can’t tell me that TPTB didn’t know about her “close relationships” with these 19 execs. I’m sure she had to sign some type of contract with them when she went to Hollywood claiming she wasn’t associated with anyone at FOX/19E. Anyway,she’s getting publicity now and any publicity is good publicity. I think she needs to start thinking about a career change. She’s been given a few chances already and they haven’t worked out.

  • aiken4olivia

    I was never a fan of Joanna’s to begin with. It’s funny, I loved her vocals but I didn’t feel connected to her. Her talent failed her during Hollywood rounds and how she ended up being selected for the Top 36 is beyond me. But her “associations” close to AI doomed her but in my guestamations, she’d not make it into the Top 3. Now she’s been dropped, you’d figure she’d disappear but alas she has a boyfriend in Mark Ballas of DWTS, sadly through him, she won’t go away….she’s had many chances in the music business to no avail, I am not sure this time, the public will want to buy her music…simply put, she doesn’t connect with the audience and I am not sure she ever will….because of her “downfall” I am glad that Felicia Barton, more deserving, was able to get in…..

  • Kylene

    I’m just tired of her because she’s already gotten her foot further in the door than a lot of deserving, talented, beautiful people ever will. I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve “a chance”, but that she’s already had that chance…several times.

    I know that most overnight success stories are anything but “overnight”, but it seems to me that enough people (both in the industry and us regular folks) have been exposed to Joanna in a number of ways before Idol – through her label deal, through her “hit” single, through her stage experience – that if she was going to be a star, SOMETHING would’ve stuck.

    I mean, something BEYOND Idol controversy.

    In the meantime, she’s unemployed (not even billing herself as an actor/musician like some of the other unemployed) and hanging out in the VIP room. I don’t feel sorry for her at all.

  • bean99

    I thought she had a decent audition but not as good in Hollywood and really shouldn’t have been put through the top 36 in the first place. However she has the same right as anyone else to try to advance her career as she sees fit but I won’t be buying whatever it is.

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    I hope they change genre nights. I think they’ve gotten way to restrictive in the last couple of seasons, especially 7. It’s one thing to get a mentor from country for eg. but you don’t have to make them sing all of their songs. It’s too limiting.

  • stephanieb36

    I’m sooo sick of this chick I don’t know what to do, now she wants to use her D-list celebrity boyfriend for attention. She needs to get a job or a skill, not everyone is meant to be famous.

  • itsalleternal

    Every day, I get happier and happier that JoPlanta was disqualified.

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Randy is so useless. That is all.

  • Grammie Kari

    Randy has been the useless judge for quite some time. He can easily be replaced and barely missed.

    Joanna did not shine at singing. Maybe she’ll be on DWTS next season?