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Jessica Sanchez shows off fashion flair; Phillip Phillips, not so much

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez get ready for

Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez get ready for their final performances on "American Idol" on Tuesday night. (May 22, 2012) (Credit: Fox)

"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.

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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.

Tags: American Idol , Jessica Sanchez , Phillip Phillips , Jennifer Lopez , Ryan Seacrest , Steven Tyler , Randy Jackson

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