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Rep. Jim Frishe’s cousin ejected from American Idol

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Eric Deggans reports on Didi’s Benami’s departure from American Idol.  Benami is the cousin of state Representative Jim Frishe : Watch closely, and you can see a one-time TV powerhouse working just a little too hard.

Forget about the nine hopeful singers still struggling to win American Idol’s top prize — often it seems the show itself is trying WAY too hard to prove it’s still tops at its game.

Increasingly, the fates of the actual singers of the show feels like an afterthought, drowned out by the  desperate clowning of host Ryan Seacrest and the judges.

As poor Didi Benami endured the interminable process of landing in the bottom three, then seeing moppet Katie Stevens sent to safety, leaving her matched against himbo Tim Urban — like the show’s teenybopper fans were sending this Zac Effron clone home early — Seacrest seemed more interested in joking with judge Simon Cowell.

 True enough, no one but Benami was likely surprised by her exit Wednesday. Still, isn’t the show supposed to be about the singers?

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