April 2nd, 2010
04:23 PM ET
Getting the boot from "American Idol" must be tough for any aspiring singer. One day you're pursuing your dream, singing in front of millions on television's highest rated show (well, not the last few weeks... "Dancing With The Stars" has tangoed its way past "Idol" in the ratings) - and then it's over, done, kaput, at least for a majority of "Idol" hopefuls. Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry are doing well these days.
It's too early to tell what the future may hold for 23-year-old singer Didi Benami, the lastest contestant to be voted off the singing competition. In an interview with CNN on Friday, she said she was expecting to be eliminated but "it's still kind of tough."
"I had a feeling. I knew it wasn't my best performance, so I was ready just in case," Benami said. "I didn't really expect to go so early in the whole scheme of things."
Benami, who says she was living out of her car and keeping her belongings in trash bags before her big break on Idol, said she was very emotional after Wednesday's program. After the broadcast, Benami said she was showered with hugs from the judges and encouraging words - except from Simon:
"I do remember Simon saying, 'that's what happens when you pick the wrong song.' That was the last thing he said to me, which really kind of hurt. I was like, really?"
"Simon gave me a hug, but it just sucked for him to say that at the end. "
Apparently the acerbic judge's harsh comments continue when the cameras are off.
But like any up-and-coming performer whose had to overcome adversity, Benami is looking towards the future, and the "American Idol" Top 10 Tour this summer.
"I'll have a little break to get a chance to work on my music... and I still get to go on tour and that's so amazing!"
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