Remember last season, when people were so outraged about Carly Smithson and the fact that she had already released an album? People didn't think it was fair that someone who had already had an opportunity to make it big was getting a second chance.

Well, it's happening again, this time with 24-year-old Joanna Pacitti. She auditioned last week and made it through to Hollywood. She's got plenty of experience under her belt: She recorded an album with Geffen Records and starred in a True Life episode on MTV about her attempts to make it in the industry, among other things.

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Fans are crying foul again, saying that having someone with professional experience in the competition undermines the idea that the show is discovering unknown talent. The producers were pretty open about it this time -- during her audition, the judges discussed that she had had a record deal, and new judge Kara DioGuardi actually remembered her.

I guess it depends on whether you look at Idol as just entertainment and recognize that there's a lot of artifice that goes along with that or if you see it as a talent show looking to give someone their big shot. If you see it as the former, then hey, at least the girl can sing, right? If you see it as the latter, then yeah, they need to explicitly state in the rules "no professional experience."

What do you think?

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