Didi Benami: Ryan Seacrest’s Probing Was “Uncomfortable”

Didi Benami spoke with USA Today after being voted off Wednesday night’s ‘American Idol’, where the singer discussed that moment with Ryan Seacrest after her performance of ‘What Becomes of the Brokenhearted’. Asked about the ‘Idol’ host pressing her on why she was getting choked up singing the song, Diddi said, “I was trying to convey a message through the song, not through somebody asking me why I was singing it. It was an uncomfortable question.”

While Didi didn’t mention her name, she thought most people who watch the show probably knew she was singing about Rebecca Lear, Didi’s roommate at Nashville’s Belmont University, who died in a car wreck on her way home for Christmas break after their first semester there. Read more.

Update: Didi told EW.com about the incident:

It was tough, and it was uncomfortable Tuesday night. I think that I reacted in a way that I should have. I didn’t want to talk about it. Bottom line. I wanted to get it over with and go, you know? It was tough. It was hard and there was nothing I could do to change what he said. So, it sucked.

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3 thoughts on “Didi Benami: Ryan Seacrest’s Probing Was “Uncomfortable”

  1. Jay says:

    Ryan Seacrest was rude and intrusive. As a viewer, I felt uncomfortable watching him pry for answers as she tried to let go of his hang. Anyone who has been watching since the auditions knows why Didi was emotional. There is no need to put her on the spot like that. Seacrest you’re an idiot.

  2. Jill says:

    I don’t think Ryan’s questioning was intrusive… I think he KNEW that Didi was choked up thinking about her friend, Rebecca, and was trying to help her after a dismal performance. Ryan is nothing but kind and helpful to contestants, especially in light of all they face with Simon and the American public in general… Ryan was trying to get Didi to share, as she had MULTIPLE TIMES BEFORE, that she got choked up performing this song with thoughts of her friend, Rebecca, which I’m sure Ryan thought (perhaps correctly??) might buy her sympathy votes for a performance that I assume that even Didi herself would admit was not her best… I can see not wanting to take advantage, but she’d already told America more than once that Rebecca was her inspiration for coming to AI… I believe that Ryan really did have her best interests at heart… when she refused to answer, she came across as cold and annoyed, and you can’t be annoyed about responding to a topic that YOU brought to the American Idol table… I enjoyed Didi, and think she did well… but she should’ve finished at least higher than Tim, and didn’t because of her choices. If she didn’t want to get broken up and talk about Rebecca, she shouldn’t have sung a song that brought her to mind then refused to address it… 90% of AI is CHOICE!! I hope Didi has learned from this… and look forward to seeing what she brings forward in the future…

  3. Tricia says:

    Ryan was “trying” to help her out a little by attempting to get her some sympathy votes. I think he had a bit of a crush on her and wanted her to stick around a little longer. I remembered the story of Didi’s friend, so I knew what he was getting at. Ryan is just tactless at times. He creates awkward moments more often than the producers might appreciate.

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