''You don't look like a pop star.'' Those were the first words out of Simon Cowell's mouth after Clay working ''afternoon at the mall'' togs, a puka-shell necklace, and a tragically busted haircut finished belting ''Always and Forever'' at his audition. But with the help of Idol's styling team, the special-education instructor drastically improved his look over the course of the season, making it all the way to the finale, where he placed second to Ruben Studdard.
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From audition ''eek!'' to finals chic, we take a look at 10 ''Idol'' fashion ''journeys'' with decidedly happy endings