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Didi Benami of 'American Idol' performs on Soul and R&B Night
Singer: Didi Benami
Song: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: This song makes Didi emotional and Usher is looking forward to seeing this honesty from Didi. But Didi's worried that the song may actually be too emotional for her. She looks gorgeous, but she's hampered by an inexplicably upbeat arrangement that drains any emotion she might be trying to inject. I mean, I guess the song is optimistic. But that's not the way Didi indicated she wanted to sing it. There's a nice deviation from the familiar melody at the end, a break that lets Didi let loose a little. It's too little, too late on the drama. This was bland and disappointing.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: For Randy, the performance flatlined a little. Flatlined, Randy? Let's hope she wasn't dedicating this to her deceased friend. Ellen thought it was too dramatic and she boos herself. Kara's confused because Didi has lost her way since that Hollywood performance where she gave off the singer-songerwriter buzz. "It was like swimming in jelly," Simon explains, calling it "over-the-top" and "old-fashioned." Simon compares it to the desecration of songs you might hear on "Dancing with the Stars." Ryan asks Didi to explain why the song moves her. Didi says she isn't an R&B singer, so she did what she could. There's an awful and awkward moment where Ryan tries to force Didi to say who she was singing the song for. Didi doesn't want to. The judges try to save her. Finally Ryan says that Didi was singing it for somebody and we'll leave it at that. Finally, after all of that poking and prodding, Ryan gets tears out of Didi. If I were there now, I think I'd hit him. If the only way Seacrest knows how to fill time is by making girls cry, what's he going to do next week when we have two hours for only nine performances?