The remaining top 7 American Idols were in rare form this week- both in the music and the style department. As with singing, sometimes taking risks in fashion can really pay off. However, this week the contestants may have benefited by re-thinking some of their clothing choices…
James Durbin, you know you’re in trouble when Steven Tyler compliments you on your wardrobe. It’s kind of like having Donald Trump compliment you on your hair. When Steven Tyler told James, “You’d be surprised how expensive it is to look this cheap”, truer words were probably never spoken. Ironic that we were just saying last week how we loved James’ classic-rocker look, but this is taking it a bit too far. James’ post-apocalyptic ensemble came across as more Mad Max than Guitar Hero. Also, using a whip as an accessory is a tough look to pull off (unless you’re into S & M). It almost had us missing his scarf-tail.
Hailey Reinhart had a great night in the vocal department but not so stellar a night in the wardrobe department. It’s not that it wasn’t a nice dress, for say a garden party, but it had nothing to do with the jazzy, bluesy vibe she was trying to create. Producer Jimmy Iovine told her she needed to get in touch with the emotion of the song, which Hailey described as “pissed off”. So then why was she singing Adele’s gritty “Rolling in The Deep”, dressed as one of the Stepford wives? Even the prom-night-perfect hair and the frozen smile were a disconnect. We heard Hailey was going for a sexy, 50’s siren style but it looks more like she stumbled out of the wardrobe closet for Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music. This Minnie Mouse look is great for The Disney Channel, but we would have preferred to see Hailey in a more sultry style that suits her husky, sexy singing voice.
Casey Abrams swapped last week’s suit and tie for this homeless-chic appearance. Although Casey is not a suit and tie kinda guy, there’s a lot of room between the “picture day at school” look and the “I don’t own a comb, an iron or a credit card” look. Casey has great natural talent but his scary clothes, coupled with his scary faces are a bit alienating. We’d love to see Casey in more of a fun and funky look – one that doesn’t look like it was plucked from the Good Will pile.
Stefano Langone was portrayed as a real ladies-man by his fellow contestants, which was a bit of a hoot since he hopped around the stage dressed in Grandpa’s high-waisted pants and suspenders. Or maybe he’s trying to get the firemen vote?
Jacob Lusk has really moved up since the beginning of the competition. He’s gone from dressing like a choirboy every week to now dressing like a TV evangelist…
Scotty McCreery is always true to his true country roots both in his song choices and his clothing choices. As a result he comes across as sincere and authentic. Thanks for keeping it “real” Scotty!
We can’t tell you how relieved we are that Lauren Alaina didn’t wear funeral black this week. Even though she’s a bit washed out in these colors and would have looked more cheerful in some fun Spring hues, we’re just relieved to see her back in her country gal garb that suits her so well (vs. the dark, depressing outfits – plucked from Elvira’s attic – that she’s been wearing the last few shows).
This week’s Idol “Cast-off’s” were back to sing Pink’s aptly named “So What?”. Apparently they put the girls in all of the morbid black outfits they had saved for Lauren Alaina. The lone male singer, Paul McDonald, should have cast-off his mariachi band suit after wearing it for his losing performance. Paul, wearing the same suit you wore when you got the boot may be smart packing but it’s bad fashion. Time to send this unfortunate outfit to Good Will…just please make sure Casey doesn’t accidentally pick it up on his next shopping trip.