Rihanna flashes the flesh in studded bra and tiny hotpants as she steals the American Idol results show


By Iona Kirby and Eleanor Gower

Flashing the flesh: Rihanna showed off her toned tummy and legs in a revealing pair of hot pants and crop top on the American Idol stage tonight

She is well known for her collection of saucy stage outfits and suggestive dance moves.

And Rihanna didn't disappoint her expectant fans as she took the American Idol stage tonight in a typically revealing ensemble.

The 24-year-old singer displayed her toned arms and muscular legs in the outfit of black bra top complete with pointed studs and a pair of tiny hotpants with fringed double slit skirt.

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Exertions: Rihanna showed off some sexy moves onstage

Letting loose: Rihanna performed with a troupe pf dancers

The star also showed off her new long dreadlocked hair style during her performance of latest single Where Have You Been.

She teamed the striking ensemble with black nail varnish, chunky black boots and black and silver jewellery.

Accompanied by a menagerie of dancers in minimal black outfits, the number featured laser lights, smoke and some energetic dance moves.

Making an entrance: The hit singer captured the audience with her appearance in a green triangle of light on stage

Muscle bound: The singer showed off her strong leg muscles in the black fringed and studded ensemble

The single is from the singer's latest album Talk That Talk which has been certified platinum in the U.S.

The star is clearly a fan of the top rated TV talent show, telling the audience: 'I love you Idol' at the end of her number.

With Jennifer Lopez also performing on the show, Rihanna clearly had to put in an impressive performance.

Soaking up the love: Rihanna spent some of the performance greeting a gaggle of adoring fans in the front row

Other stars taking the stage included Neil Diamond who performed a rendition of hit Sweet Caroline with some of the male finalists.

Soul singer Chaka Khan also attempted to give the young pretenders a run for their money in a slinky brown catsuit as she performed her hit I'm Every Woman alongside the former female contestants.

But the ladies lost out again tonight when finalist Phillip Phillips became the fifth male contestant in a row to be crowned Idol winner.

Jessica Sanchez, 16, came in second after a record 132 million votes were cast by the viewing public

Striking: Rihanna appeared with a menagerie of dancers in revealing black crop tops with net detail

Striking performance: Rihanna showed the Idol wannabes how it's done, with a performance which featured, lights, lasers and smoke

Earlier, Rihanna had debuted her new dramatic hairstyle on Twitter, posting a picture of her which appeared to show her lying in bed and make-up free.

The Talk That Talk singer posted alongside the image: ‘Wake bake shake dem dreads.’

During her time in London over the past few weeks, Rihanna was seen at countless events and parties - as well as jetting back and forward to various locations promoting her movie debut Battleship.

Dressed to impress: Rihanna showed off her dance moves alongside a couple of bare chested men

Taking the spotlight: Song Where Have You Been features on Rihanna's album Talk that Talk which has been certified platinum in the U.S

Good spirits: The smiling singer was clearly enjoying herself as she joined in a series of energetic dance moves

But the singer did admit recently that sticking to such a hectic schedule was beginning to take its toll.

She said: 'One morning last November I woke up and started crying so hard.

'If I cry, it's because I'm very angry and I can't do anything about it because I've run into a dead end. That's when the tears would come down.'

Updates: Rihanna as ever kept fans updated with Twitter pics of her new hair and nails