Gina Glocksen may have finished ninth on this year’s American Idol, but the 23-year-old singer is sure having a good summer. Her longtime boyfriend, Joe Ruzicka, proposed to her onstage during a performance on Tuesday as part of the American Idols Live tour in Rosemont, Ill.
After the Naperville, Ill.-native finished a duet with fellow Idol hopeful Phil Stacey, her boyfriend was ushered onto the stage where he declared he was the “biggest Gina Glocksen fan of all,” the Daily Southtown reports. Then, Ruzicka proposed amid cheers from the hometown crowd. (See the YouTube video of the proposal below.)
Glocksen’s response? She accepted – with a kiss.
Before getting voted off the April 4 episode of Idol, Glocksen frequently talked about her boyfriend who cheered her on from the audience. During an early episode, Glocksen dedicated her performance of Heart’s “Alone” to her beau. She praised Ruzicka for his support – and thanked him for encouraging her to audition again after being rejected from the show the year before.
“He has been my rock throughout this whole process,” she said on the show. “He’s absolutely the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Since news of her engagement broke, messages of support have flooded Glocksen’s official MySpace page. “Congrats on getting engaged! I hope u two have a very long and happy life together!,” writes “* Gina Fan*. While another simply asks: “CAN I BE THE FLOWER GIRL???”
Meanwhile, the American Idols Live tour continues through Sept. 22 stop in Manchester, N.H.