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.
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.
Letting loose: Rihanna performed with a troupe pf dancers
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