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Jessica Sanchez shows off fashion flair; Phillip Phillips, not so much
"American Idol” finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips had one more night to leave millions of viewers with a lasting impression – from a musical and visual standpoint. Sanchez worked the fashion angle to the max. Phillips, as has been is MO the whole season, did not.
As Jennifer Lopez, encased in a one-shoulder sequin emblazoned dazzler and leggings, aptly put it when critiquing the contestants, “It’s the battle of the opposites.”
All three of Sanchez’ looks were high-styled. First up, for her stirring rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” (in Sanchez’ case you could change the lyrics to “I have clothing”) she donned a corseted, milk chocolate-colored confection that was frosted with a dark tulle overlay and featured a creamy underskirt which pooled at the bottom and needed to be carried when she walked. Very interesting, and pretty.
For her second song, she simplified matters in a pale pink chiffon goddess gown that read girlish and sweet, though she amped it up with a twisted metallic belt and necklace that featured a large crystal drop. And she ditched the sky-high stilettos she’s known to favor, for, as Ryan Seacrest pointed out, “No shoes.” She was barefoot.
She bowed to a more trendy look for her last act, a white jacket with asymmetrical lapels and black piping over a neon yellow top and slick leather leggings worn with platform boots.
As for Phillips, he was blue, and black and gray all over. In a way, an amazing show of confidence to open a show of this magnitude wearing a pale blue work shirt over a white T-shirt and jeans. From there it went to a black Henley over jeans, and finally a tonal black ensemble that included a clunky sports jacket. Phillips’ bow to the importance of the night may have been the fact that he cleaned up the neck beard a bit. And he certainly looked handsome enough to keep his legions of tween and teen fans enamored.
The judges did their things dawg: Steven Tyler wore a flamboyant mauve paisley swirl of a jacket that may have been velvet over a mauve shirt, and Randy Jackson glowed in a peachy sports coat with white piping and a red lapel flower over a dark shirt with plaid trim.