Didi Benami exits American Idol during its Clash of the Titans advertisement episode

American Idol 9 has discarded another finalist, and her name is Didi Benami. She was in the bottom two along with Tim Urban, while Katie Stevens was in the bottom three.

The judges decided not to use their one-time save on her, as we learned two full minutes after 10 p.m. The overrun made sense, because there was a lot of really important content to include, like an advertisement for Clash of the Titans embedded into the cold open, an opportunity for Diddy to give us seizures and inflate his ego, more advertisements for Clash of the Titans during the breaks, and another chance for Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell to do whatever it is they insist on doing.

Ryan Seacrest also had a lot of time to kill, so he stretched out revealing who was safe and who wasn’t by being an ass, like when he told Michael Lynche, “This is surprising. Mike, will you walk over here please.” As the audience gasped, Ryan said that he was safe. This was impossibly stupid, but at least it was redeemed when Seacrest almost got body-slammed by Big Mike, who was egged on by other finalists (“Pick him up! Pick him up and throw him”), and Mike did actually pick him up, but kindly set him down.

Meanwhile, Seacrest brought up Tim Urban’s smiling in the face of intense criticism yet again, and asked Kara DioGuardi what she thought. “I don’t think he understands what we’re saying,” she said, totally calling him dumb. Luckily, he didn’t understand what she was saying.

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