The metamorphosis, if you will, is fascinating to watch. During the past five seasons of American Idol, we've seen talented female vocalists -- awkward and unpolished -- blossom into confident, heavily styled contenders to pop divadom. Their voices soar and barrel through familiar fare: Motown, disco, even show tunes.
Sure, Clay Aiken's transformation during Season 2, from jug-eared nerd to spiky-haired heartthrob, was amazing -- freakishly so. But the aesthetic evolution of the female Idol contestants is usually stunning and far more glamorous. What a difference a little eye shadow and a few hair extensions can make.
American Idol Season 6 premieres at 8 tonight on Fox.