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'American Idol' eliminates Gina Glocksen, reveals its Top 8 finalists

By Christopher Rocchio, 04/05/2007 

Gina Glocksen became the fourth finalist eliminated from American Idol's sixth season during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the Fox reality show's results show. 

The 22-year-old Naperville, IL native was sent packing after "just under 33 million votes" were cast based on Tuesday night's live performances

"My American Idol experience means so much to me because I've gone through so much rejection and it's just been a long time coming," Glocksen said during a video montage of her Idol journey.  Idol's sixth season represented the third time Glocksen, who broke down in tears after her elimination was announced, had auditioned for the competition.

Glocksen performed "Smile" during Tuesday night's Idol broadcast.  Idol judge Randy Jackson thought it was a "very nice controlled performance from the rocker girl;" Paula Abdul commented it was  "flawless, understated, beautiful and sentimental;" while Simon Cowell apologized to Glocksen that he couldn't "rave about the vocals."

Prior to Glocksen's elimination, Idol host Ryan Seacrest had revealed that -- for the second week in a row -- Haley Scarnato, a 24-year-old from San Antonio who performed "Ain't Misbehaving," and Phil Stacey, a 29-year-old from Jacksonville, FL who sang "Night and Day," were the other two members of the week's bottom three vote-getters.

Once the bottom vote-getters group was narrowed to only Scarnato and Glocksen, Seacrest asked the judges what they thought.  Jackson said he was "not really surprised... a little surprised by Gina... a little surprised by both actually;" Abdul said "it gets tough at this stage" and added both should "be proud;" while Cowell commented he was "not surprised." Seacrest then revealed that Glocksen was eliminated and Scarnato was safe to sing another day.

Gina Glocksen and fellow bottom two member Haley Scarnato share an embrace following the announcement of Glocksen's elimination (Photo credit Michael Becker/FOX)


"Thank you so much for letting me do this... and getting me this far," Glocksen said upon learning she was eliminated.  "I'll see you on tour."

Earlier in the broadcast, Seacrest also revealed that the threesome of Melinda Doolittle, Lakisha Jones and Jordin Sparks ranked as the week's "top" vote-getters, while Sanjaya Malakar, Blake Lewis and Chris Richardson were in the "middle."

Tony Bennett, who served as a mentor during the Tuesday night performance show that celebrated American classics, came down with the flu according to Seacrest and was unable to perform on Wednesday night.  He was replaced by Michael Bouble. 

"Am I wasting my votes by still voting for Antonella Barba?" Bouble asked Seacrest following his performance.  "No.  I do the same thing," answered a seemingly startled Seacrest.

The Top 8 finalists on Idol's sixth season -- Melinda DoolittleSanjaya Malakar, Haley Scarnato, Phil Stacey, Lakisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Chris Richardson and Jordin Sparks -- will all perform live on Tuesday, April 10 beginning at 8PM ET on Fox and will be mentored by Jennifer Lopez.  Then on Wednesday, April 12 at 9PM ET, Idol will air its first one-hour live results show in the finals, narrowing the field of hopefuls to seven.

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