April 08, 2007 08:07 AM by Joe Blackmon
Recently eliminated American Idol finalists are quickly discovering
that the media is often more interested in hearing their thoughts and
opinions on Sanjaya Malakar than hearing about the finalist’s own experiences
on the show. In a recent media conference call, Gina Glocksen faced
several questions about Sanjaya, and she defended her fellow finalist,
who she also called her friend.
When asked if it was tough to see that Sanjaya placed higher than all of them in the bottom three, Gina Glocksen said "It’s funny that everyone is asking is it tough that Sanjaya did, I mean it’s tough that all the other eight people did. It’s not just Sanjaya." Glocksen also added "He’s just different. It’s not that he’s better or worse. He’s Sanjaya and Jordin is Jordin and Chris is Chris and Blake is Blake; America, I guess, was through with me, and that’s fine. I’m fine with it. I’m going to tour."
When asked what she thought about Sanjaya hanging in there every week, Gina Glocksen said "I’m proud of him. He’s hanging in there and he’s not letting it get to him. He still comes out on stage every week and he gives his all."
When asked if the finalists had heard the press going on about Sanjaya outside the show or if the were sheltered from it, Glocksen said "We were pretty much sheltered from it. American Idol is really good at keeping up away from the things that are being said about us, just so it doesn’t affect our performances and affect us and our emotions throughout the week." Gina also added "Things are going to be told about you on the Internet, and it’s to our own caution that we don’t read it. And he doesn’t read it, I try not to, other people don’t; we just try to stay away from it."
When asked the more innocent question of if Sanjaya ever came to her for hairstyling tips, Gina Glocksen said "Oh, no. No. It’s funny; it’s like a competition–who has better hair, and we’re going to have a hair-off." In regards to where his faux-hawk ranked against some of the other haircuts, Glocksen said "I think it’s number one; I think it was awesome." Glocksen also added "It just set him apart from everyone else. It was crazy."
When asked if there were any grumblings or bad feelings about Sanjaya in the group of finalists, Gina Glocksen said "Not that I’ve heard. People are pretty fair about what they say in front of people. I’m friends with Sanjaya, so they know that if they’re going to bad mouth him, not to do it in front of me."
When asked what Sanjaya was really like, Gina Glocksen said "He’s exactly what you see on TV. 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."