Tuesday, February 26, 2008
7 News Features: Idol Transformations
From girl next door, to fashion icon, we get to witness it firsthand with American Idol, but, over seven seasons, who's made the biggest Idol Transformation?
WSVN -- From Kelly to Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson to Clay Aiken, there's nothing like getting Idol-ized to begin real image innovation.
Star Magazine's Bonnie Fuller says it seems to happen in an Idol instant. Take a look at Carrie Underwood in her new video, she's always changing but all-American.
After Idol, both she and Kellie Pickler went from country cuties to divalicious.
Bonnie Fuller: "Within a very short amount of time you have them, both of those girls went from looking kind of frazzled to looking sleek and chic."
Of course some speculate part of Kellie's plan was to look more like her idol Dolly Parton.
Um, sure, Kellie. That's a nice pair of shoes.
Speaking of nice and new, Season Five's Elliott Yamin's crowning achievement besides a hit single, a sparkling set of pearly whites to go with a revamped look.
Then there's everyone's favorite dream girl.
Bonnie Fuller: "Jennifer Hudson has gone from looking kind of frumpy to fantastic, and I think it certainly had its beginnings at Idol."
Jennifer's sleek new style isn't just skin deep. She's downsized her body, something other Idol contestants know all about.
Kimberley Locke: "I noticed I was getting a lot of feedback from women both young and older."
Season two finalist Kimberley Locke has a new food plan and a new album. She just signed on as a spokesperson for Jenny Craig.
Kimberly Locke: "I think a lot of women struggle with it and nowadays with the media young girls are bombarded with negative images of girls who are going about it the right way, so I figured I could be a role model."
Season Six winner Jordin Sparks is still learning how to deal with the pressure to be glamorous.
Jordin Sparks: "Sometimes I just want to go out in like this, but they'll be like, 'That outfit makes you look so fat.'"
But with her first album, Tattoo, going platinum, Jordin knows when to keep it real and when to let the sparks fly.
Then there's the curveball Clay-mates. You might want to sit down for this one.
Clay is just achin' for us to make fun of this look. Don't worry, he's just dressed up for his Broadway role in Monty Python's Spamalot.
Clay Aiken: "I'm still getting through certain songs and, at the end of them, got to dance, you got to sing, you got to speak in accents. It's a lot of work, it's amazing."
But no matter what season they're from, all our favorite Idol stars continue to transform and transfix audiences.
Whether it's your favorite All-American girl, your favorite dream girl or your favorite knight in shining armor.