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Click above for a hi-res gallery of the American Idol Edition Ford Fusion Hybrid

Some of use here at Autoblog gave up on American Idol a long time ago, but we're obviously the exception, because the talent show still pulls down monster ratings on a weekly basis. In this regard, AI's been a better showcase for Ford (whose involvement dates back to season 1) than say... Knight Rider.

Ford's sponsorship now includes a sweepstakes that will ultimately net someone a new car. Each week, the Idols are featured in some cringe-inducingly terrible music video that makes one long for the understated sophistication that was The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. Anyhow, these videos are posted on the American Idol website, where visitors can register to enter the Ford Music Video Challenge for a shot at the grand prize of a trip to the show's finale and a one-off American Idol Edition Ford Fusion Hybrid fitted with headrest-mounted backseat video screens, an in-car karaoke rig, AI floormats, and an AI trunk decal that would fall victim to a heat gun if it were up to us.

You can watch this week's video here if you dare. It's briefly encouraging in that it momentarily seems as if a Fusion Hybrid is going to mow down the intensely earnest and annoying final five Idols like black-clad bowling pins, but it swerves at the last minute to turn desert into grass, with pink trees sprouting in its multicolored electrical wake. You probably think that we're kidding, but no.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Imagine if you work at Ford and you get assigned this project. It's career death.

      No one at Ford will ever take you seriously again, and nobody at any other company will ever hire you if this is on your resume ......

      "Smegley, tell me about your accomplishments at Ford"

      "I successfully spearheaded the effort to outfit a Fusion with karaoke"

      "I see well that's incr ...ohhhhhhh, I'm sorry, I have an appointment overlap and have to cancel this. I'm terribly sorry. We'll uhhh get back with you and reschedule soon."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Makes you wonder why American car sales are so bad with crap like this!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It pretty much sums up what ford has been doing during the past 10 years...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Love the fusion but this is really lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        mmmmm... delicious grilled wtf...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally, some bad Ford-related news! Things seemed to great to be true for some time. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow it's like the FILA Thunderbird in 1984....
      • 6 Years Ago

      They were so close to ending this whole fiasco! Then it swerved.

      Sad panda :-(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stop making this crap and cancel this show and stop making it go overtime!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully ford does the right thing and puts it in the crusher.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Dot dot dot ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as it's only a one-off....
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