VIDEO: Didi Benami Eliminated From American Idol; Down To Top 9

American Idol hopeful Didi Benami went the way of the Dodo bird on Wednesday night’s show, as the promising singer was eliminated, reducing the number of candidates for the title of next American Idol to nine.

RadarOnline.com brings you all of the lows and highs from the season, and has all the scoop on Wednesday’s star-heavy episode. 

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At the beginning of the episode, a dramatically slimmed-down Ruben Studdard from Season Two took the stage with his newest single Don’t Make ‘Em Like U No More.

Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Aaron Miles were early saves. Siobhan Magnus and Katie Stevens went head to head with Stevens being the first person to be put in the dreaded bottom group. Adding some spice to the evening, judge Simon Cowell told Ryan Seacrest to tone it down after a couple of repeated jabs aimed at the surly Brit.

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For all the teen girls in the crowd, Justin Bieber had a front row seat in the audience to catch in this week’s Idol mentor Usher take the stage with the club hit “OMG” featuring Will. I. Am. After a commercial break, Didi Benami was sent to join Katie on the stools while “Big Mike” Michael Lynche (who literally swept Ryan Seacrest off of his feet) and Crystal Bowersox were safe for next week. Then Tim Urban rounded out the bottom three, while Andrew Garcia was given a reprieve.

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Before the bottom three got reduced to the bottom two, Sean “Diddy” Combs performed “Hello Good Morning,” taking the stage with his show-stopping, superstar swagger. Katie was told she was safe for one more week, leaving Tim and Didi anxiously awaiting their fate.

Didi’s final song was Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon which stole the show early in the competition. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to make the judges use their one save card of the season despite the cheers of the crowd.

“Didi, it’s bad news sweetheart, we’re not going to save you,” Simon said. “We’re sorry.”

American Idol airs on Fox Tuesdays at 8/7c and Wednesdays at 9/8c.

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