“American Idol” lost another female finalist in Didi Benami. She talks about her rough experiences before “Idol,” her friendship with Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan Magnus and what kind of music she’d like to do going forward.
On the scrutiny of “American Idol”:
I actually wasn’t prepared for that. I was not an avid “American Idol” watcher, so I didn’t know what to expect. Honestly, I was just being myself. I did stuff that meant something to me and I had a good time … I’m okay, I dealt with it. It’s interesting because it’s a lot like my L.A. experience. You get kicked down, you gotta get back up and start over.
Can she expand on her L.A. experience?
I moved out here when I was 19. I’ve had crazy roommates, all sorts of ridiculous experiences. There were points when I didn’t even have a place to live and I was living out of my car (from 2006 to 2007). It’s been rough … I somehow managed to find my way.
On her relief in making the Top 10:
I’m so relieved, I get to go on tour. I don’t have to work as a waitress anymore, which is nice. I get to do what I love to do. It’s just amazing, the fans that are already reaching out. It’s amazing, it’s a blessing. It’s a relief to know that I will be able to make a living at what I love to do over the summer and hopefully for the rest of my life.
On the upcoming Beatles week:
I’m so bummed. I wanted to do “Black Bird,” I love that song. It was either gonna be “Black Bird or maybe “Across the Universe.” I was kinda going back and forth. I hadn’t really started to delve into it though because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.
On what kind of music she wants to do:
Didi music! Just kidding. I’m going to go singer/songwriter kinda acoustic low-key chill relaxing music. I’m going to put my heart into what I do. It’s me. Acoustic, a hint of jazz, a little bluegrass, everything I’ve experienced in my life.
On Siobhan and Crystal:
Siobhan, Crystal and I are very close. Crystal actually came down and stayed with me
last night. They’re really amazing, wonderful people and I really
enjoyed getting to meet them and getting to know them both. It’s hard
when you meet other artists that you really connect with and you want to
work with and you’re put in a position to compete against each other,
when really when you’re singing it’s not a competition, it’s you showing
the artist in you. It shouldn’t be a competition …
I’m just really really happy to see that they’re going forward and I wish
them the best of luck … They’re just themselves. They’re very unique. We’re going to go friends for a long time. They’re both gonna go really far.
On the judges’ save:
It was tough. The whole crowd was chanting, that was pretty cool. Ultimately, I felt like I was going home. I thought it would be cool if they exercised the option to let me stay, I wanted to come back for Beatles week, but I was in a headspace where I was okay either way. I’m not really worried, I’ve had amazing support and it’s just been a really crazy, cool ride. I have a lot to look forward to, I’m not at all distraught.
And to her fans:
Honestly, I got further than I ever thought I would. I’m just grateful to have had the fans and supporters that I did to get me to that point. It was very cool to meet them, I’m very grateful I had that opportunity. Thank you all so much, I appreciate all the support.
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