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''American Idol'' style do's and dont's

We offer fashion guidance to four ”Idol” finalists

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Technically, American Idol is a singing competition, but — let’s face it — we’re all really judging how the contestants look. This season has shown some sartorial promise, but there’s still room for improvement. We’ve picked out four of the finalists who simply need a little fashion guidance and a good dose of celebrity inspiration.

MELINDA DOOLITTLE
THE HAIR
This shaggy cut makes Melinda’s petite neck appear nonexistent. A short style (or even hip-length extensions) would update her look and elongate that upper body.

THE CLOTHES
Last time we checked, it wasn’t 1943! Melinda needs to ditch the stiff stenographer duds for fun, flirty Rebecca Taylor dresses.

THE ROLE MODEL
Melinda’s backup-singer-esque humility is endearing, but to make it, she should model herself after an edgier artist like Mary J. Blige. Release that inner diva, Mindy Doo!

SANJAYA MALAKAR
THE HAIR
It might not look great on Britney, but a trip to the barber for some major shearing would work wonders here. And for the love of Simon Cowell, he can’t go near hot rollers or a flatiron ever again — even after he’s off the show, which may have happened this week.

THE CLOTHES
This teen suffers from clothing confusion. Sanjaya should look to Trovata, whose clothes balance humor with prep.

THE ROLE MODEL
Hey kid, embrace being a pretty boy. Adrian Grenier does, but he manages to make it look good.

GINA GLOCKSEN
THE HAIR
Gina’s punk sensibility is refreshing, but the pink-streaked hair is less Karen O and more Nikki McKibbin, season 1.

THE CLOTHES
To stand out on Idol, you gotta go big or go home. Gina’s mall-friendly rocker chic feels too safe (FYI: Adding a weird chain to an Ann Taylor-esque jacket does not equal edgy). Step 1: Lose the blazer-jeans-pumps ensembles.

THE ROLE MODEL
Gwen Stefani has mastered balancing mainstream appeal and punk sensibility. Here’s an idea, Gina: Maybe it’s time to get a little L.A.M.B.

PHIL STACEY
THE HAIR
There isn’t much to play with here, so we’d simply like to lobby that Phil never wear a fedora again. Be proud of that chrome dome!

THE CLOTHES
Phil’s outfits look like the result of an ill-advised, tourist shopping spree on Melrose Avenue. His shirts are too cheesy and his jeans too distressed. Our advice? Shop for an edgy dad look (you do have two kids, after all) at Rock & Republic.

THE ROLE MODEL
If Phil wants the Calirocker look, he should mimic the also follicle-free Chris Daughtry. But Phil, a bit of advice: Don’t even try the soul patch.