Vered "Didi" Benami (Hebrew: ורד "דידי" בן עמי; born October 25, 1986) is an American singer from Knoxville, Tennessee, who was the tenth place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol. Benami was born in New York before moving to Tennessee. Her father is Israeli and the word vered (ורד) means 'rose' in Hebrew. She spent most of her formative years in Knoxville, Tennessee, and is a 2005 graduate of West High School. Didi first started singing in the fifth grade. In school, she sang in the musical "Grease" and frequently performed the national anthem in front of various crowds.