‘Idol’-ousted Gina weeps as Sanjaya lives on

Posted: April 05, 2007

In one of American Idol's most poignant exits, Gina Glocksen, 22, bid adieu to the country and her fellow-competitors last night, singing the song that got her voted out, "Smile."

The "rocker girl" from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, Ill., changed the words: "When there are clouds in the sky I'll get by." But she almost didn't. "It's hard," she sobbed, and many of her new Idol friends added their tears.

For the second straight week, Phil Stacey and Haley Scarnato (if her skirt were any shorter, it would be called "panties") survived, after landing in the bottom three.

Singing sensation Sanjaya Malakar, still breathless from his Tuesday performance ("I danced with Paula Abdul. How much better can it get?") finished in the middle group, to the chagrin of much of the show's audience.

But his legions of loyalists - tweens, others who share is Indian heritage and millions of prankster voters - are loving it. Ratings-mad producers, hungry for controversy in a contest seemingly dominated by Melinda Doolittle, aren't complaining either.

The weekly star-coach Tony Bennett supposedly took ill. So instead of hearing a legend perform, the audience endured Michael Buble, a star in Canada, apparently, who made Sanjay sound like Frank Sinatra.

Next week: J-Lo!

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