Smash’s Megan Hilty vs. Katharine McPhee on the RC

Posted on March 26, 2012

The Smash gals hit the town and if they have one thing in common it’s that they dress like Amish movie stars.

Megan Hilty attends the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in NYC in a bklue dress paired with Walter Steiger pumps.

Katharine McPhee attends Royal Oak 40 Years: From Avant-Garde to Icon in NYC in a Michael Kors dress.


Would a print or showy piece of jewelry kill these ladies? Let’s break it down one time.

This is all serviceable. It’s a good color for her and the shape is perfect for her. And shut our mouths, she did actually wear a showy ring and shoes with some pattern to them. As her pretend-stylists, we feel we must speak out about the extra pounds of hair on her and voice our feelings that pulling her hair up and/or back while wearing some jewelry to frame the face would’ve given this look more impact and made it seem less generic.

Again, it’s a great dress and the color suits her. But a white watchband, honey? Really? THAT’S your statement-making piece? This isn’t tough: a ponytail and a bright bangle or simple necklace, paired with a simple pair of black sandals or pumps. She’s got a gorgeous dress on but everything else about the look says she’s just about to start her shift.


[Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris, Fernando Leon/Getty Images]

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  • Gotta say, Megan, babe, them’s some FIERCE shoes.   The secretarial pool hair needs to go.  And Katharine, you came SOooooo close.  Lose the nude pumps forever. Get yourself some hot shoes, like your bud here on the RC, and wear some of that free bling they have doubtless been throwing at you.

  • I actually like Katy McPhee’s cocktail ring more than I like Megan Hilty’s.  But then I am not a fashion blogger and I don’t play one on TV.  

  • In the second look, if she’d worn some kickass shoes and just a bit of jewelery, it could really be a good look for her.

  • Two of the easiest dresses to spruce up with fun jewelry.  So sad they completely missed it.

  • TomBord

    maybe they ran out of time and couldn’t finish dressing…….. sure looks that way. (enough w/ the fake hair please.)

  • MissMariRose

    What’s going on with McPhee’s eyebrows? They’re two different colors. 

    • NinaBoo

      Whew!  I thought it was just me.

    • kimmeister

      Ha, you’re so right!

  • I REALLY dislike Megan’s shoes. They just look bizarre, and unnatural!

  • marilyn

    Katherine’s dress should be shorter, just above the knee.  And, she needed a bold piece of jewelry, like a big bangle bracelet. It is a dress for a much older woman at the present length.  Megan looks cute, but she also needed more than the ring. 

    Great colors for both of them, and the overall shapes and styles of the dresses are just begging for accessories.

  • Violina23

    I think Megan looks great… Katherine looks frumpy

  • lilibetp

    I think Megan likes the big hair to hide the fact that she has no neck.

    • NinaBoo

      As a fellow No-Necker, I agree.  But it doesn’t work for me either.  It’s more like a hairy security blanket.

    •  I think it’s more that she has a really strong jaw and full cheeks.  Pulling her hair up and away would make it more obvious. 

  • DinaSews

    If these celebs get any more boring, you guys will have to blog weddings.

  • introspective

    Megan won in the showdown of the Marilyns, but only by a hair’s breadth. Or rather by the skin of those fab python shoes. agree with TLo about that extra hair on Megan and need for jewels on the both of them, but just like in the show, I still place her as the winner over Katharine.

  • That dress looks so amazing on Katherine that I’m almost willing to let the limp hair…and mall watch…and NUDE SHOES OMG….fall by the wayside. Almost.

  • sarahofalessergod

    Katharine annoyed the hell out of me on AI, but I can put that aside and say I love her turquoise sheath.  That white watch is stupid as hell, and not crazy about the matchy nails.  The dress, however, is fantastic on her,

  • You are right–these looks are both somewhat on the blah side but could be made a lot classier.

  • I’m guessing the loaner jewelry racket doesn’t extend to the GLAAD media awards.

  • MilaXX

     GAH! The drag queens alone should make them feel under-dressed. Megan at least seemed to put a bit of effort in, but Katherine is Boring McBoring

  • CarolinLA

    Just because I don’t have anywhere else to post this:  did anyone see the white, black, and grey dress that Leslie Bibb wore last night on GCB?  Oh my God, she looked like sex on a stick.  I wonder if that comes in size heft on a stick…

  • CarolinLA

    Just because I don’t have anywhere else to post this:  did anyone see the white, black, and grey dress that Leslie Bibb wore last night on GCB?  Oh my God, she looked like sex on a stick.  I wonder if that comes in size heft on a stick…

  • tallgirl1204

    I think they are both wearing the best accessories possible:  beautiful figures in beautiful colors.  They’re both super-in, in my book.

  • I think Ivy is doing a bit better. Yes, her hair is too much. But aside from that I think she is killing it.
    Katherine, well, you said it, she needs a little bubble coming out of her mouth that says, ‘I’ll show you to your table now.’

  • HobbitGirl

    Those shoes creep me out. They look like alien claw feet.

  • Wonder if Katherine had to wear the watch by the designer on the step-and-repeat wall?

  • sagecreek

    Sorry, unks. Snakeskin platform stilettos just scream HOOKER.

  • McPhee looks adorable-that color is ridiculously pretty. 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Megan Hilty- She looks pretty. LOVE those shoes! I don’t mind the big-ish hair so much. Hell, if you lived through the 80s, you know that’s NOTHING.
    McPhee- Yeah, that’s a gorgeous color on her (at least they’re wearing color, right?), her hair is pretty and so is the make-up. I absolutely agree that this look is screaming for a nice piece of jewelry and those shoes are a big yawn. I’m going to pretend I don’t see that ugly watch on her wrist. LALALALALA! 

  • janetjb

    Separately, both were trying on clothes and suddenly remembered they had a RC to walk?

  • funkypeanut

    What is that, a Swatch? Honey, it obviously doesn’t tell you what decade it is.

    Megan, two words: bra fitting. Look into that.

    These shades of blue, though, look really good on both of them. If I were XX pounds lighter, I would buy that Michael Kors dress and wear it with some kick ass sandals on vacation.

  • They each look like they were dressing for their cousin’s wedding, not the red carpet.

  • kirble

    What is Megan Hilty’s dress made out of? Suede? Matte velvet?

    Either way, it looks like she cannabalized a few throw pillows.

    • In the first photo, I was thinking papier-mâché. But it’s probably suede. It looks really stiff, either way.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think they both chose awesome dresses, if they do come off looking just a tad like inexplicably blank canvases.

  • 3boysful

    I have to go with Katherine for the win here. Love the color, and the shoulder-showoff cut.  But agree she needs some jewelry.  Megan’s hair and the basic cut of the dress?  She could be a photo of one of my sorority sisters at the pledge formal circa 1980.

  • ccm800

    maybe they are just not getting the lends yet. 

  • granddelusion

    McPhee’s dress is a snooze, as are the shoes.

  • Janie22341

    As time goes on, new and remoter aspects of truth
    are discovered which can seldom be fitted into creeds that are

  • cleep1000

    Katherine doesn’t look like she’s having any fun. Maybe this is all still a little new for her, but come on. Smize, dammit.

  •  Megan is the cheap, bottle-blond, slutty type that has come down to us via Angie Dickinson and Loni Anderson.   Megan is just the latest iteration, and I hate that she’s on “Smash” because I love Anjelica Huston and think the program could be interesting.   However, I am NOT watching if Hilty is on.  Can’t stomach her.


    Jesus, has Megan got some fucking SHOULDERS or what!?

    Anyway, I’m more partial to McPhee’s dress, however she failed miserably on the styling and detailing. Megan looks like a wrestler and her dress is made of suede. A SUEDE DRESS.

  • Lisa

    Well, I’m not crazy about either look, but Hilty’s has a little more interest to it.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    in the way of most michael kors dresses, that kors dress is fabulous. put them both in kors dresses & they’d both look good, just like just about everyone else. otoh, the one in the kors dress has accessorized it so badly that it’s hard to make it a solid vote. i like the heels on the other ones shoes [even though i think the body of the shoe is a bit overdone], so you might as well put me down in the undecided column which, i am afraid, is no help at all.

  • Denny Li

    Am I the only one thinking, “Mmmm… Megan’s boobs seemed to have shrunk while McPhee’s gotten bigger?” 

  • JaneDC

    The close-up of Megan’s shoes is aggravating my sciatica. How many steps could you take in those before becoming a tragic victim of those curved heels?

  • berkeleygirl

    McPhee looked good from the waist up, then I saw the aqua polish – NAY!!!

    Hilty really can do no wrong.  Sure, she could have done more, but she could also have done far, far worse.  For starters, she could teach Christina Hendricks a thing or three about how to dress an hourglass figure.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      hilty does not have an hourglass figure. hilty is just a slightly larger woman built like a thick stick.

      • KC

        You’re kidding yourself saying Hilty does not have an hourglass figure. She totally does. Larger? Her waist is TINY.

  • GorgeousThings

    Man, Katherine McPhee could pass for Mary Louise Parker’s younger sister, couldn’t she?

  • Sophie Collier

    Both dresses look like they were bought on sale at Target.  Not at all RC worthy, although nice enough for a dinner party.

  • If you cut Katherine’s dress off at the hips and put a crotch in it, she would look like she’s going swimming with her waterproof watch.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Hilty looks like her body is just normal.  With no fake boobs!  Huzzah!