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Naima Adedapo

Naima Adedapo
Background information
Born (1984-10-05) October 5, 1984
Maywood, Illinois[1]
Origin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Genres Reggae, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Labels Peak Records

Naima Adedapo (born October 5, 1984) is an American singer and dancer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Adedapo placed in the top 11 on the tenth season of American Idol.


  • Early life 1
  • American Idol 2
    • Overview 2.1
    • Performances/Results 2.2
  • Post-Idol 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Adedapo was born in Maywood, Illinois, and her family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when she was ten.[1] Adedapo is the daughter of Milwaukee area jazz singer Adekola Adedapo.[2] Adedapo graduated high school from St. Joan Antida. Her senior year, Adedapo placed first at the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association's State Tournament in Demonstration Speaking for her speech on African dance, with drumming accompaniment by her brother.[3] She later majored in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.[1]

American Idol


Adedapo auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was not one of the five female vote-getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. She was one of the six selected to sing for a wild card. The judges chose three of the six, including Adedapo, to advance to the Top 13. On March 31, 2011, Adedapo and Thia Megia were eliminated from American Idol.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice
"For All We Know" Hal Kemp N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo Unaired Unaired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance "Get Ready" The Temptations N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo Unaired Unaired N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of The Beatles
Group Performance
"The Long and Winding Road" The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round Final Final Solo "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Women) Personal Choice "Summertime" Abbie Mitchell 2 Wild Card
Wild Card Personal Choice "For All We Know" Hal Kemp 5 Selected
Top 13 Your Personal Idol "Umbrella" Rihanna 13 Safe
Top 12 Year You Were Born "What's Love Got to Do with It" Tina Turner 1 Bottom 3
Top 11 Motown "Dancing in the Street" Martha and the Vandellas 10 Safe
Top 11 Elton John "I'm Still Standing" Elton John 2 Eliminated
  • ^Note 1 Adedapo was saved first from elimination.
  • ^Note 2 Due to the judges using their one save to save Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week.


Adedapo and the rest of the top 11 performed in the 2011 American Idols LIVE! Tour, which began in West Valley City, Utah, on July 6, 2011, and ended in Manila, Philippines on September 20, 2011.[4] Both the eliminated contestants, Naima and Thia Megia, appeared and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Live with Regis and Kelly.[5][6]

Personal life

Adedapo is married with two daughters, age one and three, and three stepdaughters.[7] She was formerly a maintenance worker at Henry Maier Festival Park (home of Summerfest) in Milwaukee.[8]


  1. ^ a b c ‘American Idol’ finalist Naima Adedapo a product of Chicago stage family
  2. ^ Jan Uebelherr (2011-03-03). Idol' contestant Adedapo survives with wild card"'". JSOnline. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "American Idol" Judges Save Contestant; Fantasia to Perform on Next Results Show
  5. ^ American Idol Finalists on The Tonight Show.
  6. ^ AInow
  7. ^ "College student jazzes up finals". Chicago Tribune. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  8. ^ Duane Dudek (2011-01-26). "‘Idol’ gets cheesy with Milwaukee auditions". JSOnline. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 

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