Gina Glocksen Voted Off American Idol, Sanjaya Malakar Lives to Suck Another Week

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Gina Glocksen, who had her share of good and bad moments on American Idol, kissed the show goodbye Wednesday as the latest casualty in viewer voting.

The exit of Glocksen, 22, of Naperville, Ill., trimmed the number of finalists to eight.

Andrew Garcia on Idol

The winner will be chosen in May.

Judge Randy Jackson had said on Tuesday's show that Glocksen - the show's resident rocker girl, with her red highlights and all-black outfits - gave a "nice, controlled performance" of the classic song "Smile."

His colleague Simon Cowell, who has griped at length about the fact that Glocksen was not in the same league as other finalists, sported a frown.

Gina Glocksen, pictured here with Ryan Seacrest (who's not gay, according to Shana Wall), let out a sob when she heard the result but managed to sing through her tears while performing on American Idol for the last time.

Haley Scarnato and Phil Stacey had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew about 33 million calls and text messages.

Scarnato, 24, of San Antonio, is not opposed to showing a little skin on "Idol." Though Cowell derided her take on "Ain't Misbehavin'" as a bit "pageant-y," he applauded her "nice legs."

We'd have to agree, having seen these Haley Scarnato pictures.

Cowell said Phil Stacey's performance of "Night and Day" was too dark and dreary, while Tony Bennett - this week's venerable guest coach - heaped praise on the 29-year-old Floridian, calling him one of the best singers he's heard.

Wednesday's program also featured a performance by Michael Buble, who sang "Call Me Irresponsible." Among this week's survivors were favorites Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones and Jordin Sparks.

Sanjaya Malakar - the annoying, stringbean teen who's anything but good, but still manages to rack up viewer votes - also made it through.

In its sixth season, American Idol continues to rule the ratings. It has attracted 26-37 million viewers per telecast this season.

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Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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