American Idol contestants are required to do several things when they agree to appear on the show. Besides being good singers (well, in most cases), they have to appear in a car commercial each season. In the most recent push, the remaining eight contestants are shown doing magic tricks with Ford cars, while singing to the tune of Britney Spears' "Circus." In addition to making a car levitate, the "magicians" show off Ford's various models as they're revealed one after the other, like cardboard cutouts. While the commercial cleverly shows off Ford cars in under 59 seconds, I wonder why Britney was chosen as the inspiration. Maybe it's because times are tough, the auto industry is hurting, and Ford felt the need to step it up a notch. Or maybe because the combo of Idol contestants singing one of the hottest songs on the charts would automatically put the car marker in the "cool" category. I'm just glad the ad creators didn't make the guys wear skimpy outfits like those Britney wears in the "Circus" video.
—Posted by Elena Malykhina