Fast Facts

  • Given name is Vered, which means "rose" in Hebrew; nicknamed Didi by her sister.
  • Began singing in school musicals and at church, and also performed the national anthem at public functions.
  • While still in high school, decided to move into an apartment on her own and take a job as a waitress.
  • Graduated from West High School a year early.
  • Dedicated her performance on Season 9 of American Idol to college friend Rebecca Joy Lear, who died in an automobile accident in 2005.


  • Mary Benami — Mother


  • Attended Belmont University, Nashville, TN


  • Birth Name: Vered Benami
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Profession: Singer, Reality cast member