"American Idol" road to fame ends for Didi Benami

Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:59pm EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - R&B soul week spelled the downfall of Didi Benami on Wednesday, after "American Idol" fans and judges found no comfort in her rendition of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and voted her off the hit singing contest.

Benami smiled with apparent resignation after the judges declined to use their once-per-season save on her, which would keep a contestant voted out by fans in the running on the television singing contest for at least another week.

On Tuesday's competition show, the judges called her singing old-fashioned and off key, with Kara DioGuardi going so far as to say "It's over, done girl." And so it was.

The remaining eight finalists surrounded Benami in an onstage, sendoff group hug as the live show concluded.

Still in the running is Tim Urban, who finished in the bottom three for a third week and once again defied the judges who consistently have found his performances lacking.

That was the case again this week after Urban sang, then laughed his way through the judges' collective yawns over, his rendition of Anita Baker's ballad, "Sweet Love."

"I don't think it makes any difference whatsoever what we say," said a seemingly frustrated Cowell on Tuesday.

"You're not going to win. But it doesn't matter because you're going to smile, the audience is going to vote for you, nobody cares and you'll be here next week, so well done," Cowell shrugged to the singer who some have dubbed "Teflon Tim."   Continued...

<p>Performer Didi Benami waves at the party for the 12 finalists of the television show "American Idol" in Los Angeles March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>