'American Idol' Top 12 performances - Rolling Stones Night Gallery

Posted Mar 17, 2010 1:41 PM

Didi Benami of 'American Idol' performs on Rolling Stones Night

Didi Benami of 'American Idol' performs on Rolling Stones Night

Singer: Didi Benami
Song: "Play with Fire"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Ah, Didi. She's kicking off the Finals without her guitar. If you want more of an explanation for that, you really out to check out that aforementioned set of interviews. Didi's tracking the camera very closely, playing well with both the stage and the the audience, who wave their arms along with every moody note. It's an arrangement geared towards emotions over vocal range. Didi looks passionate and sells the heck out of the song, even if on the big notes there's a thinness to her voice. There's a strange uncertainty around half-way through. Does she lose the rhythm? The lyrics? I'm not sure. But she smiles coyly, recovers and continues. This is the best she's done at delivering on the meaning of a song, at making her voice go beyond affectation into a contributing instrument, limitations aside. Also? I like Didi.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy says Didi was on fire tonight. Ellen was pleased with Didi's phrasing and her ability to keep composure. Kara liked the intensity. Simon echos the other judges, calling it "solid, not brilliant." Didi jokingly attributes her new darkness to her time rooming with Siobhan.

Photo Credit: Michael Becker/FOX