Didi Benami is “Hurricane” in new music video from Theory of a Deadman

Story from The Hollywood Reporter by Shirley Halperin

‘American Idol’s’ Didi Benami Stars as ‘Hot Mess’ in New Theory of a Deadman Video

American Idol season 9 alum Didi Benami landed a starring role in the new Theory of a Deadman video. Cast as a sort of “fallen idol,” the Tennessee native plays “Hurricane,” which also happens to be the name of the song, a pop star hopeful who wins an Idol-esque contest then promptly spirals into train wreck territory complete with (faux) tabloid magazine covers, drunken club nights with (the real) Andy Dick and even some girl-on-girl action. (In a curious twist of fate, the song was co-written by former Idol judge Kara DioGuardi.)
The clip’s narrative finds Benami, aka Hurricane, coming full circle, starting out a fresh-faced hopeful, then experiencing overnight success, riches and the ultimate downfall. The song is the fourth single from the band’s 2011 album, The Truth Is…
“I’ve been taking acting classes for a very long time, and part of what I’ve learned is to find that place inside yourself and imagine that you’re in the circumstance that you’re given,” Benami tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s not difficult, but I felt really sad and had a hard time snapping out of it after we were done shooting.”

Indeed, Benami even dons the same dress she wore during her final performance on Idol — aptly, the song was “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” — which she hadn’t worn since her elimination. “Honestly, it felt a bit odd to put it on again,” she says. “I had kept it in my closet and thought about giving it away because I couldn’t stand seeing it. It reminded me of Simon’s ‘swimming through jelly’ comment. But I realized how pretty it was and how I felt when I first tried it on and how I fell in love with it. It was my suggestion to wear it in the video, and I’m glad because I got to give it new meaning.”
Idol viewers might be slightly shocked to see a ready-to-party Didi Benami, with her hair teased out, heavy makeup on and playing tonsil hockey with two Sunset Strip babes, but she says it was all part of the job. Still, she admits, “I now know what Katy Perry was singing about!” Benami says she was “really nervous” at first about the scene, which was a last-minute addition to the treatment. “Portraying me as a hot mess and kissing a girl, it’s not necessarily anything I would do in my real life, but I take my job seriously.” However, she adds, “They had really soft lips!”
So what does become of the broken hearted? “After being on a show like American Idol or any ‘overnight success’ show reality set in, and it can be sad and bittersweet where all of a sudden you feel cut off from the family that’s been around you for months and you don’t really know what’s next,” Benami explains. “It can easily become a mind game that you can get lost in if you’re not careful and don’t continue working hard and honing your craft to the fullest extent. So you have to stay positive and look at what you accomplished as a platform and take every good opportunity you can.”
Words to live by. Watch the video for “Hurricane” above.

PR: Didi Benami releases debut single “Gasoline” on May 23, 2012



LOS ANGELES, CA – The wait is over! Singer Songwriter Didi Benami independently releases her debut single “Gasoline” on May 23, 2012. An honest and bittersweet song about letting go or hanging on- Gasoline embarks on a journey of love and relationship. The lyrics are fragile as they are fearless. The music reflects nostalgia, of yearning for the past however troublesome or dark, and ultimately, of acceptance and coming to terms.


Didi Benami captivated the hearts of millions with her one-of-a-kind voice, endearing charm, and emotional performances as a finalist on the 9th season of American Idol.


Born in New York City, Didi moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, at the age of seven. A self-taught guitar player, Didi has been performing for audiences her entire life. While she always had a passion for music, it was not until she lost her best friend and Belmont University roommate, Rebecca Joy Lear, in a car accident, that Didi began to pursue music as a career. Didi firmly believes “you never know what is going to happen tomorrow, so you might as well do what you love today. Tomorrow is not a promise.”


Gasoline will be included in the yet untitled EP with all original songs co-written by Didi scheduled for release late this year.


Didi describes her music as a “soulful, rock-pop” sound, with organic roots — a new kind of pop, but still confessionals that are “truthful and real.”


Gasoline is a collaboration with prolific singer/songwriters Justin Gray and Chris Seefried who both also produced the song. The recording is mastered by Grammy award winning mastering engineer Brad Blackwood of Euphonic Masters.


To help promote “Gasoline” on Twitter, please use hashtag #Gasoline to talk about the single!
To learn more about Didi: visit her Official site | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | Reverbnation | YouTube | IMDB | MySpace | Tumblr


About Justin Gray | About Chris Seefried | About Brad Blackwood

Support Didi Benami on her debut single release. Download the exclusive “Gasoline” Twitter Fan Skin!

Go to Didi’s Official Facebook page to get your twitter skin today. Up for a limited time only. Thank you for the support!

Here’s how to change your Twitter background page:


1. Click on the image. Right click and choose “Save as”. (Remember to note where it’s saved on your machine!)

2. Login to your Twitter account

3. Go to your settings via a dropdown menu located on the top right side of your twitter page

4. On the left side of the page, Click “Design”

5. Under “Customize your own”, click “browse” and look for the #Gasoline twitter skin

6. If “Tile background” is checked, kindly un-check it!

7. Change the background color to “000000”

8. Don’t forget to “Save Changes”

9. And you’re done! Thank you.