Joanna Pacitti, Former Orphan Annie, Goes To Hollywood

American Idol is Joanna Pacitti’s third try at the brass ring.

Twelve years ago, at 12, she beat out the competition to play Orphan Annie on Broadway. During the out of town previews she got sick one night and the understudy was so impressive that Joanna was fired.

ABC News and Barbara Walters reported the story.

Strike two was that she was later signed to A&M Records, where coincidentally Kara DioGuardi also worked at the time, and Joanna’s recording career didn’t take off.

Can we say plant? Yes we can.

Update: She made the top 36.