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'American Idol': plain and fancy

Lauren Alaina looked beautiful in her last outfit

Lauren Alaina looked beautiful in her last outfit – a long white halter dress with a collar of rhinestones and pretty flowers strewn about the hem as she sang "Like My Mother Does," one of the best performances of the season. Credit: Fox

Ryan Seacrest (dressed in a tux) unintentionally summed up the fashion quotient of the remaining two contestants at last night’s ‘American Idol’final showdown – “the boy-next-door versus the Southern belle.”  

Indeed Lauren Alaina was the belle of the ball on most counts.  And at least she dressed up for the momentous occasion. Though we’ve been harsh critics of the teen’s fashion choices, last night was far from the worst. 

Her first look, a silver jacket with a reptile pattern (hmmm, a touch matronly) worn with a mini-skirt over leggings and crystal emblazoned cowboy boots was form flattering if a bit overdone. She looked downright beautiful in her last outfit – a long white halter dress with a collar of rhinestones and pretty flowers strewn about the hem.    

This may have been her very best look of the season (and certainly one of her best songs).   Now that’s not to say that a belle can’t have some ringing fashion mistakes – as evidenced by Alaina’s second get-up which bordered on atrocious.   This – a massively embellished gold metallic tutu amped up with rows of petticoats and too much faux jewelry completely missed the mark.  

Scotty McCreery broke no new ground vocally or in the  fashion department.  His first included a graphic mucky T-shirt, (discuss: scuba divers and a lady’s head), topped by a leather jacket and worn with jeans … eh.  

His second time up it was a red plaid shirt and jeans. Fine, but c’mon this is the finale.  He did a little better with a sports jacket over a blue western shirt and jeans but his look is so plain and predictable that it’s boring.  McCreery does dress like the “boy next door”  – the 10-year-old.  

Not boring in the least: Jennifer Lopez’ mega-jeweled emerald green itsy-bitsy cocktail frock with sheer sleeves. (Perhaps she had a skating party après show? The dress did double duty?)  

Worst fashion marks of the night to Randy Jackson who has kept it crisp, collegiate and bright for most of this season.  The brown and black houndstooth double-breasted jacket with its ungainly collar was awful.  What was he thinking?

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