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'Idolatry': Didi Benami on writing with Crystal, getting 'Terrified,' and rejecting the sympathy vote

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Don’t use the words “emotionally fragile” to describe Didi Benami. That may have been how she was portrayed onscreen during American Idol‘s ninth season, but the 10th-place finisher says there’s a lot more to her than crying spells and emotional reminiscing. And indeed, when Didi stopped by the Idolatry studios earlier this week, we dished a wide range of topics — including the lost Lillith vibe of season 9; her original but ultimately botched plan for “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”; and the ousted contestant who texted her right after her elimination. Press play below for our full three-part interview, and to get all my Idol news and commentary, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak. If you’re on an iPhone/iPad, you can head to our Idolatry hub to watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. (RELATED: This week’s American Idol Power List: Vote for your favorite!; Adam Lambert exclusive: Confirmed as ‘American Idol’ mentor next week! What do you think?)