American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.


Jessica Sanchez in chains, Phillip Phillips is dull on 'American Idol'

Jessica Sanchez performs Ike and Tina Turner's "Proud

Jessica Sanchez performs Ike and Tina Turner's "Proud Mary." Will it make her fans proud? (May 2, 2012) (Credit: Fox)

 American Idol female finalists chose clothing and accessories that moooovvved with the musical groove last night. Some were good. Some not so much.

For her first look, tiny Jessica Sanchez donned a skin-tight little white mini dresses that she topped with a snakeskin necklace (snake being a popular pattern of the evening) and a gilded cage of sorts – a vest of chains that undulated with her dance moves – kind of cool. Second time up, movement was less important -- she sat still amidst the candles wearing a white frock with a dark sequin bodice that boasted a strippy harness effect at the front. The girl must have kicked off her sci-fi high sparkly shoes pre-song, and amiable Ryan Seacrest (he in a shiny Burberry suit) brought them to her.

Maybe Skylar Laine was going for that same kind of swingy thing, but one had to wonder, “What was she thinking?” about her Pocahontas-meets- Elly May black and white woven dress featuring black strands that went from her hips to her calves. She wore sparkly cowboy boots and the whole look lacked grace and finesse though Steven Tyler said her dress was “fabulous.” She did look quite lovely for her second appearance, in a high-low one-shoulder dress with a computer generated snakeskin pattern. (Of note: Tyler too was wearing a python print on his shirt.)

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Hollie Cavanagh sparkled in a pink, white and beige little dress first up – the print somewhat Pucci-esque - pretty. Her nod to movement was long dangling earrings that went past her shoulders -- really dramatic. And speaking of long, her second dress was perfect….when she sat atop a piano. But the black textured short dress with net cutouts – featured a L-O-N-G chiffon skirt that caused a little troubled when she went to face the judges. “That’s a lot of dress,” noted Seacrest who may’ve stepped on the skirt. As Cavanagh tried to haul it up, Seacrest said, “I’m used to the red carpet.”

There’s not much to say about Phillip Phillips, who kept it dull, but added army green to his deadly repertoire of neutrals and allowed some of the unkempt beard to grow back.

In the judges’ eyes, it was Joshua Ledet who was both the vocal and fashion star of the night. We preferred his casual second look – a wooly jacket with leather lapels and cuffs worn over a tee. But the guys went nuts for Ledet’s crazy first jacket that featured a dark body with sequin striped white sleeves. Tyler indicated that the glittery sleeves made it hard to concentrate while Randy Jackson shouted, “The jacket is fly and what about the flower? What kind is it?” referring to the yellow daffodil boutonnière.

Maybe they all know a lot about music, but they don't know much about flowers. Seacrest called it…a tulip.



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