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Didi Benami Performs 'The Way I Am' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 23rd 2010 11:13PM
Didi Benami gave a confident, understated performance of 'The Way I Am' by Ingrid Michaelson on 'American Idol' tonight that nevertheless received mixed reviews from the judges.

While the panel of judges appreciated Benami's voice, they thought her performance lacked star power overall. "I thought the song was dreary, and what I'm missing is a spark here, something which excites me," Simon Cowell said, adding that Benami's voice seemed derivative of singers like Adele and Duffy.

Watch Didi's performance after the jump.Didi Benami gave a confident, understated performance of 'The Way I Am' by Ingrid Michaelson on 'American Idol' tonight that nevertheless received mixed reviews from the judges.

While the panel of judges appreciated Benami's voice, they thought her performance lacked star power overall. "I thought the song was dreary, and what I'm missing is a spark here, something which excites me," Simon Cowell said, adding that Benami's voice seemed derivative of singers like Adele and Duffy.

Kara DioGuardi offered some praise to Benami for her original take on the song. "You at least made some changes to the original recording, and that's what's showing that you're creative, that you have more than just your tone," she said.

However, both Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres found Benami's stage presence lacking. Jackson called her performance "sleepy" while DeGeneres described it as "low-key."

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