Didi Benami Voted Off American Idol

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While Big Mike Lynche and Lee DeWyze showed off their soulful side and established themselves as contenders on Tuesday's American Idol along with Crystal Bowersox, plenty of other performers left the stage in mediocrity ... or worse.

Before this season, the judges touted the quality of the female aspirants. Well, we're three weeks into the finals and three women have been kicked off so far.

The latest victim: Didi Benami.

Her inconsistent performances, including Tuesday's "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted," were her undoing as American Idol voters issued her a pink slip.

As for Tim Urban, that guy keeps on sliding unscathed despite a third straight visit to the bottom three. Katie Stevens also made a return trip to the bottom three.

Didi Benami Sings Farewell

ADIOS, DIDI: America make the right call?

Next week, the group performs songs from The Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney, which should provide great variety and be a real treat.

Which of the remaining nine do you see going all the way to the end, and who do you think is a candidate to be sent packing next Wednesday?

Here's how we see the remaining finalists in three tiers of three ...

The Contenders

Hanging Tough

  • Casey James
  • Siobhan Magnus
  • Andrew Garcia

Bottom Three

  • Aaron Kelly
  • Katie Stevens
  • Tim Urban

TOP 9: One of them will be the next American Idol ... but who?


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]