Gina Glocksen’s elimination on this week of “American Idol” may have been a shock to some viewers. It was definitely a shock to Gina.
“At no point in time on Tuesday night or before I went to bed on Tuesday or preparing for Wednesday night, did I think that I’d be going home,” says Gina. “I thought that I had a really good performance on Tuesday, and I was really proud of the song that I chose and the way that I chose to present it. I didn’t even have a chance to be in the bottom three ever, and the one time that I was, I’m going home. So it was pretty hard.”
On Tuesday’s performance show, Gina sang “Smile,” a song about holding your head up through difficult times. The irony of having to perform the song again when she was eliminated was not lost on her.
“I never thought that I’d be singing that song again on the show,” she says. “But as I was signing it, it kind of clicked after the first couple lines that I sang like, ‘Wow, I’m just actually singing about myself.’ That song is definitely going to be a very special song to me for the rest of my life now.”
Gina’s “rocker chick” style was something that set her apart from the other contestants — but could it have backfired on her by overshadowing her performances? She doesn’t think so.
“I think [voters] focused on my singing talent and the song choices. And if [my look] was the reason why they didn’t follow through with voting for me, then I’m okay with that, because I was just continuing to be myself.”
She adds, “At the end of the day, you just don’t know what America wants. You don’t know if it’s based on talent, personality, if you have exactly what they’re looking for in your style, your hair, your clothes. But you just have to just stay true to yourself and make sure that you stay focused on what you’re there for, and that’s vocal talent.”
Gina applies that same philosophy when asked about her uber-popular fellow contestant, Sanjaya Malakar. “He’s exactly what you see on TV,” she reveals. “He doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He does his thing and he’s proud of himself. I love that. Self-confidence is a great trait to have.”
Gina plans to move to LA after the “Idol” tour to try and get herself a record deal. In the meantime, she supports her fellow contestants as they strive to be the next “American Idol.”
“I would pick whomever America chooses,” she says. “I’m game for everyone — they’re all my favorites.”