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'American Idol' fashion: True Colors

Haley Reinhart, wearing a glitz-laden ivory top featured

Haley Reinhart, wearing a glitz-laden ivory top featured deep scallop edging with what looked like shells, sequins and beads over sparkly leggings, got a hard time from two of the judges after she sang Michael Jackson's "Earth." (May 11, 2011) Credit: Fox

"American Idol" contestants showed their true fashion colors last night sticking to styles that fit their music.  Some of it was fine…some horrendous.

James Durbin stayed rock and roll true letting his freak flag fly in two outfits of T-shirts and jeans. For his first song, it was, appropriately, a Journey tee, (he sang the group’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”) topped by a vintage tux jacket with tails (in Durbin’s world tails are always good) worn with what we think were too-skinny jeans.  He donned a studded leather jacket over those same paint-ons adding another graphic tee for “Love Potion No. 9,” and actually the look fit the song.

Scotty McCreery did country gentleman first time around, spiffy and neat in all black – a trim leather jacket and black pants.  For his cute performance of “Young Blood,” he was all country boy in a tablecloth-ish checked button-down and jeans.

It was diva time for Haley Reinhart in more ways than one. She wore her hair swept up into a kind of messy, weird pouf and during her really uncomfortable spat with Randy Jackson (he really went for her, but she lost points for being defensive) it was all about the sparkle.  A glitz-laden ivory top featured deep scallop edging and had more types of bling than we’ve ever seen on one item – it looked like shells, sequins and beads. This she wore over sparkly leggings.  

Second time around, she went for the modern cocktail lounge diva – the poufy hair (not a fan by the way), a shimmery black ruched one-shoulder dress with an asymmetrical hem (whoo – and the shortest side was super mini) and highly embellished shoulder strap.  Not a great night for her from a vocal or fashion standpoint, so sorry to say.

And speaking of sorry, eeks!  Poor Lauren Alaina!  Either the girl has some of the worst taste around or she’s getting bad advice from stylists.  Country singers have come a long way on the fashion front (think Carrie Underwood) but even back in the overwrought, over-ruffled day, few could approach the badness of Alaina’s first dress – a “Gone With The Wind” meets adult film star number. The burgundy hybrid  (short in the front, long in the back) shock frock was ruched, bustled and lined with animal print.  Steven Tyler said he liked it, but he didn’t sound sincere.

Alaina looked better for her second song, though the coppery sparkle tunic worn with a matching jacket (too old for her somehow), leggings and boots was not the most figure flattering.

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