Let the "American Idol" makeovers begin.
Once the finals hit, those contestants on "Idol" miraculously transform. Last night was no exception. Most were ready for their close-ups with the help of a team of hair stylists, makeup artists and wardrobe consultants.
This season many of them got glossy faster than ever, while some stayed true to their roots.
Rocker James Durbin stayed true in a vintage American flag vest, fringy scarf, white T-shirt, jeans and pocket chain. We were thrilled he lost the fabric tail he had worn throughout the competition – somewhat distracting.
Oddly enough, Pia Toscano, stunning in a short gold sequin number, added a tail – well, a train, to her ensemble. Unnecessary. But this gal is a knockout.
Naima Adedapo, whether you like her style or not, is a feast for the eyes, wearing an eclectic get-up that included knee-high, lace-up Cons, crystal embellished rolled jeans, a crazy asymmetrical top and two yellow feathers in her hair. It so fit her reggae riff.
And there is something smoldering about Haley Reinhart even if her song wasn’t killer. Long pearl earrings met her bare shoulders, and her strapless navy gown with its skirt of petals fit perfectly.
This was not the case for diva-in-training Ashthon Jones whose silvery satin one-shouldered job did not particularly flatter her.
While we really liked Stefano Lagone’s version of “I Could Fall in Love,” we were not fans of the outfit – a leather jacket with gray fabric sleeves, shirt and tie, jeans and steel gray high-tops – it was too contrived and somewhat unsophisticated.
Jacob Lusk’s smooth voice, as always, was a joy, but someone’s got to get him a suit that fits just as smoothly – last night, his tone-on-tone sharkskin ensemble needed help and a good tailor.
And speaking of suits, we’re just not crazy for the super shrunken variety though they are on trend, so as you might guess, Paul McDonald’s Sergeant Pepper little number (three-quarter sleeves!) was not a fave.
Scotty McCreery looked the perfect country singer in Western shirt and jeans, and sweet 15-year-old Thia Megia dressed age-appropriately in a pretty gray and white ombre gown.
Karen Rodriguez designed her own black sequin jumpsuit which bared a little belly, sort of a Liza Minnelli vibe and too much bling, and we were definitely not liking Lauren Alaina’s frothy turquoise chiffon top – way too much fluff.
Word to Casey Abrams, who has been a favorite: quit trying so hard to prove the sexy thing. The whole black leather look just seemed wrong. Bring back the lumberjack.