Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Getting to Know American Idol's Naima Adedapo

Naima Adedapo: Umbrella - Naima Adedapo - American Idol

American Idol Season 10's most original contestant Naima Adedapo is 26 years old and comes from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Naima auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, and was given a 'Golden Ticket' to Hollywood. (This was Naima's second time trying out for Idol.) Unfortunately, Naima was not one the Top 5 female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. The judges chose six of the Top 24 finalists (3 girls and 3 guys) to sing for a 'Wild Card' spot, and then she advanced to the Top 13 along with two other 'Wild Cards', Ashthon Jones and Stefano Langone.

Naima is a dancer and actress as well as a singer. Her urban, hip-hop dance moves, in performances such as Rihanna's "Umbrella", have livened up her performances. She is one of the most dynamic finalists on Idol this season, showing off her personal flair by wearing outfits she has designed. The judges and audience love that Naima is so unique; not just another cookie-cutter singer that is encountered so often on American Idol. Judge Jennifer Lopez told Naima, "You bring your own specific flavor to everything you do. You got fire, Girl." Randy Jackson loves her individuality too. "You look hot and you got the flavor," he told Naima, but he's called her out twice now for pitchiness. The eccentric Steven Tyler loves contestants who bring their own unique style to the Idol stage. He has praised Naima over and over, saying, "Naima, you’re crazy good. I love ya. A little pitchy. You brought flavor tonight. You brought another little something. I adore you for that," and adding the following week, "You opened up a can of whoop-de-do on us tonight! You got a sorcerers grasp of melody girl."

Naima's favorite quote is: "Stay humble and true to yourself." Her musical influences include her mother Adekola, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, India Arie and Lauryn Hill.

Naima Adedapo was born in Maywood, Illinois and her family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when she was ten. Naima is the daughter of Milwaukee area jazz singer Adekola Adedapo. She graduated high school from St. Joan Antida and majored in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Naima is married with two daughters, age one and three, and three stepdaughters. She was formerly a maintenance worker at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Adedapo is a dancer with Ko-Thi, an Afri-centric dance company, and sings with her husband in R.A.S. Movement, a reggae and world beat band. Naima was one of the top 38 finalists on MTV/P.Diddy's "Making the Band 3". She also once sang with a group called Crossfit Cali Band.

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