Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Gina Glocksen Gets Engaged!
Video Taken During The Proposal
American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen got engaged to longtime beau Joe Ruzicka Tuesday after he popped the question during his girlfriend's hometown stop on the American Idols Live tour.
Glocksen had just finished a duet with Phil Stacey on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "It's Your Love" at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, when Ruzicka was ushered onstage.
Declaring himself "the biggest Gina Glocksen fan of all," as recorded by multiple cell phone cameras readily at hand, Ruzicka got down on one knee, offered up a ring, and was almost drowned out by the excited shrieks emanating from the audience.
The newly betrothed couple, who sealed the deal with a slew of kisses, live in nearby Naperville. Ruzicka is a high school science teacher.
The happy turn of events also presumably made Glocksen's rendition of Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" alongside Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones and Haley Scarnato all the sweeter.
Glocksen, who added a much-needed dose of rocker-chick chic to Idol's sixth season earlier this year with her well-received takes on Evanescence's "Call Me When You're Sober" and the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You," gave frequent shout-outs to Ruzicka during her seven-week tenure on the show.
"He has been my rock throughout this whole process," the 23-year-old said at the time. "He's absolutely the best thing that's ever happened to me." Glocksen said that Ruzicka was the one who encouraged her to re-audition this year after not making the cut in 2006.
"Congratulations, Gina and Joe," Sanjaya Malakar enthusiastically shouted at the couple—his most skillful move of the night, according to a review of the show in the Chicago Sun-Times.
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