By Adam B. Vary
Updated April 01, 2011 at 01:48 PM EDT
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By far the biggest risk-taker of American Idol‘s tenth season, Naima Adedapo knew full well what doing a reggae twist on Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” could mean for her chances on the show. “I can’t say I was really surprised by the outcome,” she said to EW backstage at CBS Television City after Thursday’s results show. “Because I did take a huge risk putting the reggae song out there. Sometimes people don’t feel the reggae vibe.” So why did she decide to take the risk on such a high-stakes week? “Because reggae is a part of me,” she replies matter-of-factly. “It’s a part of who I am and a part of my culture. For me, it would’ve been tragic to do an Elton John song just like Elton John and then get cut, versus showing who I am creatively as an artist and getting cut happy about the choice that I made.”

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