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Eliminated Idol Didi Benami: I Didn't Want a Sympathy Vote

American Idol's latest casualty, Didi Benami, knows the moment with Ryan Seacrest after the judges' criticisms was awkward. Benami, who chose to sing "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" in honor of her deceased friend, clammed up Tuesday night when Seacrest prompted her to share that tidbit with the fans. "I didn't want to try to get a sympathy vote," Benami tells TVGuide.com "I didn't really feel like bringing it up. If you did a little research, you would know that I was there in honor of my friend, and I felt like that song was supposed to be an inspiration really. What becomes of the brokenhearted? You go through life and you're brokenhearted several times. But you make it ...because you work hard." To that end, Benami is taking her elimination from the singing contest in stride. "I'm going to continue to do this," she says. "I'm going to persevere; I'm going to make a record. This is not the end that you're going to see of me." Source & Video

'American Idol' Sends Home Didi Benami

Didi Benami did not survive both the third week of big stage and the last chance to impress the judges. The 23-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee was sent packing in R 'n' B week after Simon Cowell and co. refused to use the judges' save to keep her in the competition although the studio audience wanted them to. Mentored by Usher, Didi sang a rendition of Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" on Tuesday, March 30 night. "It was like swimming in jelly," Cowell said, adding it was over-the-top, old-fashioned and off melody. Didi was in the bottom three with Tim Urban and Katie Stevens. However, Katie was declared safe from the bottom two, leaving Didi and Tim to find out their fate. It turned out Tim, who was also panned by the judges for his version of Anita Baker's "Sweet Love", has bigger fan base than Didi. Ruben Studdard, winner of the second season, came to the result show to perform and talk a bit about his tour with Clay Aiken. Later on P. Diddy came on stage to perform with his group Dirty Money. In the middle of the show, Ryan Seacrest announced that the Top 9 will be taking on songs from John Lennon and Paul McCartney catalog next week. Source Here