THR: Didi and other American Idol alums weigh in on the X Factor

By Shirley Halperin and Fred Bronson, The Hollywood Reporter
What do the Idols like about X Factor and what do they hate? What were their expectations for the new Fox show and what do they think of the judges they know personally, Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul? The Hollywood Reporter polled a number of former finalists to see what they thought of the newest talent competition series on the block and discovered that Idols have a wide range of opinions. Here’s what Didi had to say:
THR: What do you like about X Factor U.S.?
Didi: “I like that the judges are working with the kids and mentoring them, unlike on Idol. I think that is a great setup and it has to be more appealing for the contestants to know that there is someone gunning for you on the judging panel. It also makes for less confusion in a time where there is so much that’s new and unlike anything you’ve ever done before.”

THR: Your thoughts on the judges, especially Simon and Paula and what it’s like to see them on a different show…
Benami: “I like seeing Simon and Paula on a show together again, I think the on- camera chemistry they have is really something, and it seems to have only grown after their time on Idol. I love Paula, so I’m glad that she gets to do this again because she’s a sweetheart and is always positive, supportive, and really good for this sort of show. And I think Simon tends to be a lot nicer (as all of the judges are) off-camera than on.”

Read about what the other idol alums have to say here: ‘X Factor’: What the ‘American Idol’ Alums Think of Simon Cowell’s New Show .

Happy 25th Birthday Didi!

@DidiBenami : “Thank you everybody for the sweet wishes today! Today has been wonderful and Im so grateful to have you in my life! 🙂 xoxo love you!!- me” (October 25th 2011)


Via Facebook:

“Again, thank you all for the sweet sweet bday wishes I really appreciate it! It really shined some amazing light on yesterday! I love you all and can’t wait till November 3, on ABC’s PRIVATE PRACTICE, you’re going to hear a really beautiful song that will be released especially in honor of the program. There will be two must-have versions of the PRIVATE PRACTICE song. One of them is a duet with Keaton Simons and I… yay!! :)” (October 26th 2011)

Happy Birthday Didi Benami

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Didi received heartwarming messages from Twitter and Facebook. We couldn’t feature all of it due to limited space but we handpicked some!

David Simons (on FB): Happy Birthday to an exquisite, awe-inspiring artist with the voice of an angel. I hope you had a great day. Thank you for sharing your amazing gift. 🙂
@MyMusicDen : Happy 25th @DidiBenami ! You are beautiful inside and out. We wish nothing but the best for you. God bless u & keep u…
Carly Turner (on FB): Happy day of birth miss Didi can’t wait for your album! GO LIBRAS!!!!!
@Mandyi44 : Happy Birthday @Didibenami !! I hope you had a great day and get everything you wish for!!
@craftymom123 : @Didibenami Happy, Happy Birthday, Didi! It sounds like you are having a wonderful day! You deserve it!!
@gsierra21 : @Didibenami May God grant you many wishes, on your very special day, may he fill your life with riches, I wish you a happy birthday! 😀
Rhett Garcia (on FB) : Didi, I hope the b-day is AWESOME. For your birthday, I wanna say that I hope life in general is good. That you’re surrounded by peace and love and that your face reflects the happiness in your life:) You deserve this! Be safe, MY beautiful friend. It makes me smile when I read the updates in your messages. From ear to ear. Love and Light, sweet Didi!! ♥♥ TEAM BENAMI ♥♥
@11disneygirl11 : @Didibenami HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! i still love you and your voice, and the things you say r so inspirational! ty!! have a good day, & god bless(:
@anassparrow : @didibenami Happy Birthday DIDI.I hope you continue making music with your beautiful voice.May God bless your life journey 🙂
@DannieS7 : @Didibenami Happy Birthday!! Mazal Tov! 🙂
@DewyzeAmber : @Didibenami HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! to one of the most amazing singers ever!!!!! Hope your days has been sweet and amazing like you 🙂
GladysMavis : Happy birthday to the most genuine #Scorpio with a #CancerMoon (next to the great Jaclyn Smith that is…) @Didibenami. Didi, you’re a savant
@KellKell30VI : @Didibenami Happy Birthday Didi. May all your wishes come true today and everyday.
@GetDidiSigned : Happy 25th birthday to the lovely and talented @Didibenami! Didi, we love you and hope you had a wonderful day!
@nishakira : HAPPY BIRTHDAY @DIDIBENAMI!!!! Hope it’s already past midnight there. May you have a long beautiful life ahead of you. God bless you,love!