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Gina Glocksen (born July 4, 1984) is an American singer, who was the ninth-place finisher on the sixth season of American Idol. She was eliminated on April 4, 2007. She previously appeared in season 5. Glocksen is the first among the few contestants to have been eliminated in Hollywood round in an earlier season and then place in a later one.

Gina Glocksen
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Background information
Birth nameGina Glocksen
Born (1984-07-04) July 4, 1984 (age 35)
OriginTinley Park, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, dental assistant



She grew up in Tinley Park, Illinois, a southwest suburb of Chicago, and attended Virgil I. Grissom Jr. High School and Victor J. Andrew High School. Glocksen has been singing since age seven[citation needed] and she had classical music training in high school, where she learned to play the piano and flute. Glocksen tried out for the 5th season American Idol, but didn't make it to the Top 24.

Prior to her second audition for the 6th season of American Idol, Glocksen worked as a dental assistant in Worth, Illinois and also performed in the cover band Catfight.

She married science teacher/musician Joe Ruzicka on New Year's Eve 2008; Jordin Sparks served as one of her bridesmaids[1] The couple lives in Naperville, Illinois.

American IdolEdit

In Season 5, Glocksen auditioned in Chicago and sang "The Power of Love," which advanced her to Hollywood. In the first round of Hollywood auditions, Glocksen performed "If I Ever Fall In Love Again." She was eliminated on the final day of Hollywood auditions.

In Season 6, Glocksen had a second chance to audition on American Idol in Memphis her audition song was Black Velvet, and made it again to Hollywood. During Hollywood week, she sang the song "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, together with Perla Meneses, Jessica Gordon and Marisa Rhodes in group round. On the final day, she performed "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman." Glocksen finally made into the Top 24, and then into the finals. She was voted off April 4, 2007, making her the ninth-place finalist. Like Chris Sligh and Stephanie Edwards before her, she was never in the bottom 3 or 2 until she was eliminated.

Performances during voting weeksEdit

Week # Theme Song Choice Original Artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Women) N/A "All By Myself" Eric Carmen 11 Safe
Top 20 (10 Women) N/A "Alone" i-TEN 1 Safe
Top 16 (8 Women) N/A "Call Me When You're Sober" Evanescence 7 Safe
Top 12 Diana Ross "Love Child" The Supremes 4 Safe
Top 11 British Invasion "Paint It, Black" The Rolling Stones 9 Safe
Top 10 No Doubt/Artists who inspire Gwen Stefani "I'll Stand By You" The Pretenders 3 Safe
Top 9 American Classics "Smile" Charlie Chaplin 6 Eliminated


Following her elimination, she appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she performed "Alone" for Ellen. She also appeared on ME TV on Nickelodeon, although she did not sing.

After her duet with Phil Stacey during an Illinois show of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007, Gina's boyfriend of three years, Joe, appeared on stage and surprised her by proposing to her.[citation needed] Jordin Sparks and Haley Scarnato will reportedly serve as two of the eight bridesmaids at the wedding.[1]

In season 7 of American Idol Gina worked as co-host on American Idol Extra together with Constantine Maroulis.

She is currently working on original material. One song 'When It Rains" has been performed on American Idol Extra.[citation needed]

Glocksen is playing shows in the Chicago area with her new band, The Gina Glocksen Band.[citation needed]

She has released on single, "Superhero" to iTunes on March 1, 2011, under a record label called "Wicked Lip Records."[citation needed]


Glocksen has released an EP containing the four songs she sang while in the final 12 of American Idol, but it is no longer available for purchase on iTunes.

  1. "Love Child" : 3:05
  2. "Paint It Black" : 3:28
  3. "I'll Stand By You" : 4:03
  4. "Smile" : 2:46


  1. ^ American Idol Finalist Shows Off Wedding Pictures, January 1, 2009

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