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SomethingPitchy Backstage With the Idols: Didi Benami and Andrew Garcia (VIDEO)

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jul 26th 2010 2:00PM
Didi and AndrewAll is right in the 'American Idol' world, because SomethingPitchy finally got to meet its golden boy Tim Urban -- oh, and the rest of season 9's lovely Top 10!

Correspondents Andy Scott and Gaby Dunn went backstage at the 'Idol' season 9 tour in Newark last week and interviewed each of the touring Idols.

We'll be posting our video interviews two at a time all this week in order of the contestants elimination from the show.

First up is Didi Benami, who talked about meeting Colbie Caillat, wanting to collaborate with Jason Mraz, what really happens on the girls' tour bus and then, well, the interview kind of veered into goofy girl talk territory.

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'American Idol' Contestant Didi Benami on Her Tattoo, Writing New Songs and Brooke White

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Jun 14th 2010 4:00PM
Didi BenamiIt's not everyday a reporter gets to talk to an 'American Idol' contestant, let alone a car full of them.

But that's exactly what happened late last week when TV Squad chatted with 10th-place finisher Didi Benami, who was on her way to rehearsals for the 'Idols Live' tour -- which kicks off July 1 in Auburn Hills, MI -- with some of her former competitors, who couldn't help but interject.

Benami, a beautiful singer/songwriter who showed off many different vocal personalities, spoke to TV Squad about which of her fellow contestants might snore on the tour bus, writing songs for her upcoming album, meeting her 'Idol' doppelganger Brooke White and what really goes into a "Didi Martini."

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Didi Benami Sings, Talks Ryan Seacrest on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 7th 2010 4:29AM
Didi Benami Performs on 'Late Show with David Letterman'Now that she's off 'American Idol,' perhaps she could speak frankly on a few things about 'Idol' that appear to be bugging David Letterman. That seemed to be the premise when she visited the 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) last night and performed Kara DioGuardi's "Terrified."

Dave asked her, "By the way, why is Ryan Seacrest on this show?" and "What about that Simon Cowell -- what is he sitting on?"

Didi gave some tactful answers and added that -- like other ex-'Idol' contestants this year -- she was grateful for Ellen Degeneres' presence on the judges' panel. "She added comic relief," Didi explained.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'American Idol' - '1 of 10 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:36AM
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My favorite part about the very beginning of an 'American Idol' results show is guessing who's going to go home. According to our poll from last night's episode, most of you think that it's Didi Benami's turn to leave the stage. While I can definitely understand that rationale -- she has been murdered by the judges for the past few weeks, after all -- I disagree. Even though he did a good job last night, I kind of feel that Lee DeWyze should go home, if for no other reason than the fact that I completely forget he's on the show every week.

Before we get to the actual results, though, there's a lot of other stuff that we have to get through: namely a rally weird 'Clash of the Titans' product placement that opens the show, as well as a performance from 'Idol's' forgotten winner, Ruben Studdard. We learn a few interesting things during this performance: Ruben has lost a pretty substantial amount of weight, and he's going on tour this summer with his 'Idol' runner-up, Clay Aiken. So what do you guys think? Is this tour going to be a fun show, or just two guys trying to recapture the limelight?

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'Not Good News' for Didi Benami on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Mar 31st 2010 11:58PM
Didi Benami, perhaps known by now as the most emotional contestant on this season of 'American Idol,' was eliminated from the Top 10 after her lackluster performance of 'What Becomes of the Broken Hearted' failed to earn her enough votes to hang on another week.

Watch Didi's elimination after the jump.

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'American Idol' - 'Top Ten Perform' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 31st 2010 5:19AM
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We're inching ever closer to the end of season nine of 'American Idol,' and I'm seeing some clear standouts from the pack. My favorites as of tonight are Michael Lynche, Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze, Aaron Kelly, and Casey James. I'll add in Siobhan Magnus, but I'm not as big a fan as the judges (though I liked her performance this week better than they did).

It's R&B/Soul week, and Usher is the celebrity mentor. Unlike some mentors, he actually seems to give the contestants something useful in his critiques. He drills home the fact that they have to connect with the audience, which, of course, is important and something they might overlook while trying to bring the performance together on stage. And he's also got his new album to promote, 'Raymond v Raymond.' In fact, while I was writing this review, I got an email from iTunes about it, so good timing there, marketing people.

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'American Idol' - '11 Finalists Perform' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 24th 2010 1:20AM
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Thank God 'American Idol' is still two hours long. If it weren't, we would have had to cut down the horrendously awkward intro in which Ryan chats with all of the judges. Between Ryan commenting on Simon's v-neck shirt, and his kissing Ellen, I half expect them to just go ahead and get naked. Luckily, they managed to control themselves, and we were actually able to see some performances.

The mentoring thing is always a little weird on this show, but Miley Cyrus? That's certainly an interesting choice. I understand that she's highly successful and good at what she does, but how much guidance can she really give to these contestants? I have a feeling that a lot of their mentoring sessions consisted of them nodding politely at her and then doing whatever they were going to do in the first place. Fortunately, even though she's the mentor, it's not Miley Cyrus night. Instead, the contestants just have to pick a song that was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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'American Idol' - 'One of 12 Voted Off' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 17th 2010 11:52PM
american idol top 12I don't know why, but I was thinking up until this show started that we were still losing one guy and one girl; but the days of the competition being split evenly are over. We're only losing one tonight, so one of the genders is going to be completely safe. It's hard for me to guess who's going home, though, as last night's episode was one of those nights in which I questioned what show I was watching as compared to the judges.

They, apparently, were watching some sort of star-studded tribute to The Rolling Stones, while I was watching a hot mess. The contestants seemed way over-praised, in general, while the one who wouldn't have made Mick Jagger question all of his career choices, Crystal Bowersox, was unduly criticized. It was crazy-town last night, so I'm really interested to see who America ultimately thinks should go.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 12 Perform' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 16th 2010 10:35PM
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Tonight's 'American Idol' takes us to the "big stage," so it will be interesting to see how the contestants adjust and adapt to all of that space. And the theme is the Rolling Stones, which should be fun. Let's get to it...

Michael Lynche ('Miss You'). We learned a bit more about his past, and how his focus shifted from football to music after his mom died. Awww, his baby is so cute! He does kind of a bluesy-jazzy-pop version of 'Miss You,' and I like it well enough, although it doesn't blow me away. Randy wasn't crazy about the arrangement, but says Big Mike is a great performer. Ellen and Kara loved it. Simon thought the performance was a little corny and desperate at times, particularly the dancing, but he thought Michael sang it well. At this point, Simon and Ryan got into a little to-do about who Simon should be talking to, and Ryan stomped over to the judge's table and stared right at Simon. It was all very weird.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 12 Revealed' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 12th 2010 8:00AM
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Ryan Seacrest said there would be a few surprises on last night's episode of 'American Idol,' and that certainly proved to be true. You have to wonder if Vote for the Worst came into play, although even the worst contestants are still really, really good to have made it that far. Let's take a look after the jump, and see which four got eliminated.

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'American Idol' - 'Top 8 Girls Compete' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:12PM
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We start things out with an awkward scene of Ellen sitting on Simon's lap and making out with him. But as Ryan said, Ellen's taken. And so is Simon, apparently. Oh, and I really like Kara's straight hair, and whoa! We jump right into performances. Follow me after the jump...

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'American Idol' - 'Four Finalists Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 5th 2010 12:38AM
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We're getting rid of another four people this week, getting us ever closer to a Top 12. Are we going to lose who you think we are, or is Vote for the Worst going to come in again and skew the results? These are the questions we have to answer. Well, they're some of the questions we have to answer. We also need to find out if Danny Gokey still has a career, and if we can have more than 70% of the contestants not look completely dead inside during the group sing.

We're going to look at the poll results from the last two episodes and see if who you guys think are going home are actually the ones to leave, or if we're going to get some curveballs thrown at us. Personally, I have faith in your ability to predict the future, so let's see how you do!

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'American Idol' - 'Top 10 Girls Perform' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 4th 2010 12:36AM
crystal bowersoxWe start the show off with an update on Crystal Bowersox: still no word on what landed her in the hospital yesterday, but she's back and ready to sing. We then transition into an awkward joke from Ellen about her dead grandmother, and even more awkward pseudo-flirting between Kara and Simon. It's gonna be that kind of night, I guess.

In general, the girls show a marked improvement from last week, and there are really very few horrific performances, so that's definitely a step up. I was getting a little worried about this competition, but after tonight, I feel a lot better about the whole thing.

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'American Idol' - '4 Finalists Eliminated' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 26th 2010 12:05AM
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It's the first elimination show of the year! Generally, it feels like a huge loss when four contestants are eliminated all at once, but based on the lackluster performances by both the girls and the guys, I have a feeling that unless there's some huge shakeup, few tears will be shed.

But before we get to all that, we have a (lip-synced?) Top 24 performance, and 'Idol' winner Kris Allen makes an appearance, along with runner-up Allison Iraheta. We also get to see Kara's husband and one of the contestants in a bathrobe, so let's get started!

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'American Idol' - 'Top 12 Girls Compete' Recap

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:13AM
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Finally! We get the live show and our first chance to vote. How has everyone changed since Hollywood week? Are they already jaded Hollywood types? Can they sing in front of a television audience of nearly 30 million people? These are all things we'll find out tonight during the real beginning of 'American Idol.'

Other things we find out? This season's contestants really like The Beatles, and I may or may not be completely drunk right now, as my critiques match up with the judges way less than they usually do. So let's continue to see who your opinions match up with!

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