In a Friday-afternoon conference call with reporters,
- one of the two females voted off
this week - said that
is holding steady as she continues on in the competition, all the while an
online photo scandal
percolating in the outside world. "You know,
's a trouper," Alaina told
. "She's strong, and she's going to be just fine. Everything that's going on... she'll pull through."
As for breaking down in tears during her Thursday-night swan song, to the point that the other gals had to chime in on the lyrics, Alaina told us, "I was OK until the music started, but that triggered something and I had to let it go. But that's just me. I tried my best!"