Let’s all take a close look at the attire and “regular” appearance of the current finalists in the “American Idol” competition. So far, they have looked like typical teen-agers or dressed-down young adults. Danny Gokey, a 28-year-old early odds-on favorite, sports geeky glasses right now, wears blue jeans, and has been wearing a nondescript shirt. His glasses, with the thick white side bows are pretty radical, but…mark my words…something tells me that change is gonna’ come to Danny’s “look.” Will the stylists fit him with contacts, or will they simply take a page out of Elvis’ book and select a better glasses frame style for the church musical director from Milwaukee? (Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Denny came out wearing Elvis’ aviator glasses?)
Some contestants tried the bizarre approach in their costuming already, like Jackie Tohn, who came out attired in skin-tight black spandex pants with a large red belt and a topless black-and-white polka dot top. Jackie may have chosen the outfit in the hopes of being remembered. She sang first and selected the Elvis song “A Little Less Conversation.” It was on the very first program that Jackie introduced a blonde girl standing nearby as her “best friend” and then leaned in and said, “What’s your name again?” I like Jackie. I hope she makes it through on a Wild Card. She was entertaining, confident, sang well (although her movements were a bit colt-like or “ungainly,” as Simon termed her off-gait dancing). Anyone with the cojones to come out on national television dressed like Minnie Mouse on steroids and can still sing up a storm while commanding the stage gets my vote.
Likewise, top twelve finalist Michael Sarver went the jeans and plaid shirt route. He is, after all, the oil rig guy. He and the bald dude, Matt Breitzke, have the blue-collar thing going for them. I predict more C&W song choices for them both. Good for them; bad for me.
One bright spot, appearance-wise, early on was the gorgeous Casey Carlson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who has been featured modeling a bikini on the internet and has a bikini line, I heard, on TMZ. Supposedly, the profits go to charity. Unfortunately, Casey, who was nicely attired in a gold metallic dress while she sang the “Police” song (“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”) was not as magical with her singing as she was in her Internet bikini shots. In fact, she’s gone. She was beautiful, and so are Jasmine Murray, the African-American songbird from Sloaksville, Missouri and Kristin McNamara, a California girl who overcame some pretty bad vibes during “group night’ to move on in the competition. As Nancy Wilson of Kristin’s group stalked up the aisle after their group self-destructed onstage, the unhappy group member aimed a choice word or two Kristin’s way, and Kristin had the good grace to remain quiet and calm. I think we’ve all been in that position. I applaud Kristin’s restraint. She didn’t respond in kind.
Now come the stylists. Given the fact that Adam Lambert is already “styled” to within an inch of his life, one wonders what the consultants will do with him. And…count on it….if you remember Clay Aikin’s transformation they will do something. Should be interesting to see. And we still have the mystery of who will show up, Norman or Nick, and what can be done with that look, if it is Norman Gentle who is our mystery entertainer that night.