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January 18, 2007
'Idol' stylings

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A well-sung song won't work if you're not fashionably put together, and vice versa.

That's why, as your fashion voice here at 21Q - as well as the blogger charged with feeding Idol Chatter, The Bee's newest blog on all things "American Idol"- I feel it's my responsibility to weigh in on the show's fashion statements, or lack thereof.

Certainly, the first two nights of auditions yielded little in the way of haute couture. I actually was more impressed with the two guys wearing Uncle Sam get-ups than with most of the contestants in street clothes.

For example, Wednesday night in Seattle, we met Darwin "Misha" Reedy, 27 (shown above). Ryan Seacrest dubbed her the "Blonde Bombshell." And that much I agree with. She was blonde and she bombed, especially fashion-wise. Cat glasses, oversized lamé top, blah-blah black skirt and tights, rounded off with gray sneakers?

Misha called this her "sexy look." It didn't help that her mother - almost a clone of her daughter, but with jet-black hair -was dressed equally bad.

Her song choice, "Don't Cha," by the Pussycat Dolls, didn't help, either. It left me wondering, "Don't cha have something else in the closet, girlfriend?"

OK, catty I am. But even the girls desperately blow-drying and curling their wet-rat locks (it was Seattle) in a bathroom didn't ultimately knock my socks off with their looks.

Of course, Simon Cowell isn't going to win any fashion kudos for his endless supply of tight-fitting tees, but here's hoping Tuesday's stop in Memphis holds more stylish possibilities.

And, just think, when the finalists get to the "Big Show," they get a clothing allowance! Wish I could be there to help them shop.

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