There were so many moments worth discussing during American Idol‘s series finale — Kelly Clarkson’s hits medley! The unexpected duets! The return of Brian Dunkleman! Oh yeah, the winner! — but as always, we were all about the style. Jennifer Lopez’s performance brought the heat (of course), Seacrest’s suits were sharp (of course) and these three things had us buzzing more than Sanjaya’s success in season six.
Jennifer Lopez, who has never left us wanting for glitz, glam and drama over her five seasons as a judge, really brought it for the finale. She hit the red carpet in a champagne Elie Madi gown with long sleeves and a high-low hem that extended into a major train. Le Vian jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes rounded out the look, which we’re assuming didn’t leave much room for Harry Connick, Jr. and Keith Urban behind the judge’s table.
And because it wouldn’t be a J.Lo Joint without multiple outfit changes, she hit the stage to perform some of her hits in a sparkly Nicolas Jebran onesie comprised of three layers that allowed her to change throughout the performance, going from a lavender fringe-bedecked bodysuit to an illusion-netted piece with mint beading.
It would make sense that musicians are always looking for creative ways to express themselves — and in this case, three finalists did so with their unexpected ways to show skin. Season four winner Carrie Underwood (who dueted with judge Keith Urban) wore a Yanina Couture gown with a navel-grazing neckline, feather peplum and sheer floor-length skirt with feather accents. Season ten finalist Pia Toscano chose a raspberry gown with three diamond-shaped stomach cutouts. And season six winner Jordin Sparks chose an orange-and-blue print bra top with matching high-waisted wide-leg pants. (All changed — but of course! — for their performances.)
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And because a major red carpet isn’t complete without a dramatic hair change, season five runner-up Katharine McPhee (who wore this for her finale) showed off an updated hair hue, taking her light brown locks to a bright ash/honey highlighted mix. It wasn’t exactly for her Idol reappearance, though; she revealed on Snapchat that she got the makeover to celebrate a three-month hiatus from filming Scorpion.
Whose style moment was your favorite?