For the most part, "American Idol" contestants eschewed bold color on Wednesday night, opting instead for neutral shades amped up with sequins for the girls.
Most fashionable again, was Jessica Sanchez, who looked long and lean in high-waisted sequin palazzo pants worn with a sheer, sleeveless lacy top. Even though the judges weren’t keen on her performance they loved the pants. “You wore just the right pants,” extolled Steven Tyler. “You know I love those pants,” added Jennifer Lopez.
Erika Van Pelt looked, “the best you’ve looked,” said Lopez commenting on the contestant’s slimmed down silhouette: a boho lacy top with a smattering of sequins and wide-belled sleeves and skinny leather jeggings. “You look amazing,” said Lopez adding that looks are part of the whole package.
For her torchy version of “Let’s Stay Together,” Elise Testone did a black gown with a plunging neckline and a really quirky hemline that featured a short embellished side skirt -- a little weird -- though she looked so much better than last week.
Shannon Magrane wore an allover sequin short suit in flesh tones with silver. This would have been much better if she broke it up and didn’t wear the sheer, black stockings with it. The statuesque girl opted for flat shoes that vertically challenged host, Ryan Seacrest was grateful for. “Thanks for wearing flats tonight,” he said to the girl, who still towered above him and patted him on the head.
It was full-on glamour for Hollie Cavanagh whose nude and sequin gown fit her well, but seemed a tad too grown up.
We can’t wait for image adviser Tommy Hilfiger (who makes his first appearance Thursday night) to get his hands on country singer Skylar Laine who improved on last week’s look in a beige top printed with sequin dappled feathers, dark skinny pants and stiletto boots though still the proportion missed.
The only guy who wore a vibrant shade was Heejun Han -- who donned a bright raspberry shirt under his three-piece suit and bow tie that reminded of Good & Plenty candy. His lensless glasses had yellow arms.
Joshua Ledet strip-teased off his white tuxedo jacket with black lapels accessorized with a red flower boutonniere to reveal a dark blue button-down worn with dress pants. Randy Jackson sported a flower pin, too -- a white carnation -- and even tweeted about it, “How’s my pin look tonight?” he wrote.
The rest of the fellows nixed color completely. Deandre Brackensick did a wrinkly white linen suit with a shrunken jacket over a black sweater and striped shirt. It was a full-on hair night for him. Rocker boy Colton Dixon did Rock Star 101 in a leather vest, black shirt and super skinny pants with short boots. Jackson called the vest, “fly,” and said, “I’d wear it.”
As for Phillip Phillips in drab olive button down and nondescript pants – well he lacks artifice of any kind, and we kind of appreciate that. It would be strange to see him gussied up -- it's just not him.
Lopez likely didn't get the no-color memo. Her slither of a tangerine frock by Roland Mouret, paired with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, popped and showed off every curve.
Fox Photo. Jessica Sanchez performs "Turn the Beat Around" from 1995, the year she was born, in front of the judges on "American Idol" airing Wednesday. (March 14, 2012)