Didi Benami’s journey came to an end on American Idol this week.
The 23-year-old won praise (albeit without a judges’ save) from the show’s panel on Wednesday night and moved many to tears on her road to stardom.
While she fell short, Didi Benami has a lot to be proud of, and despite the disappointment, she’s not feeling distraught, just looking forward to what’s next.
Below are excerpts from an interview she did with USA Today …
On the scrutiny she faced: “I was not 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, and I did stuff that meant something to me and had a good time.”
On making the top 10: I’m relieved. I get to go on tour. I don’t have to work as a waitress anymore. I get to do what I love. It’s a blessing. It’s a relief to know I’ll be able to make a living doing what I love for the summer, hopefully longer.”
On wearing her heart on her sleeve: “[Crying] has definitely been therapeutic for me, and I do it as a release. It’s funny because the camera was always catching me when I’m emotional. And I’m not always that emotional.”
On losing her way, or so Kara said: “I don’t feel like I lost my way. I feel like they wanted me to do something specific every week, and I went out on a limb several weeks and did different things. And they weren’t expecting it.”
On her moment with Siobhan Magnus after being ousted: “Siobhan is a unique, amazing person. I love her very much. She’s a sweetheart. She ended up being my roommate the first week. I met her the first day of Hollywood Week.”
On the judges’ save that wasn’t: “It was tough. The whole crowd was chanting, and that was pretty cool. Ultimately, I kind of felt like I was going home, but I thought it would be cool if they exercised the option to let me stay.”
On her competition’s reaction: “Crystal Bowersox and Siobhan and I are really close. Crystal came down and stayed with me last night. They’re amazing, wonderful people. It’s hard when you meet other artists you really connect with.”