American Idol 12 Top 40 – WHO WILL SURVIVE – Promos (VIDEO)

Brand new American Idol 12 ads, that promote the upcoming Las Vegas Top 40 semi-finals, attempt to introduce us to a few of the contestants–in the most unintentionally hilarious way possible. Calling the rounds “sudden death,” the voice over asks, “Who will survive?”

Will it be:

The little camper from Queens, Teena Torres? The fashion-forward waiter from Jersey, Chris Watson? (Uh, you call what he’s got going on there, fashion forward? Alrighty.) Massachusetts piano phenom, Angela Miller? St. Louis tutor with the golden pipes, Curtis Finch Jr.?  Or Houston comeback kid, Amber Holcomb!

Kamaria Ousley, the big voice from Oakland? Chicago karaoke star, Jda (“karaoke star” is surely a euphemism for “drag act.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)? Jenny Beth, a Kentucky student? Christian rocker, Devin Velez from Chicago? Quirky Arkansas student, Charlie Askew? Other than Charlie, I barely know who these people are.

Johnny Keyser, the rockin Florida musician? Kree Harrison, the former child singer (what?), Paul Jolley, the struggling songwriter?  Brandy Hotard, the singing nurse from Baton Rouge? Jimmy Smith, the Nashville social worker?

The California ladies man, Elijah Liu? (WUT? LULZ.) The Alaskan beauty, Adriana Latonio? The inspiring music student Isabelle? Alabama life coach, Kevin Harris? Michigan high schooler, Shuba Vedula?

The kids are introduced as just ordinary folk looking for their big break! I love how the producers start right off the bat with reductive labels for each of the contestants. Could it be simpler? Heh.

Ten of the Top 40 girls sing for the judges tonight beginning at 8 pm on FOX.

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  • Landon Cox

    They’re using this sudden death language on bus stop ads here in DC. I hope this doesn’t mean more hunger games references.

  • b_james

    What the heck?!  These descriptions are so random, and I don’t even know who some of these people are.  I love this show.

  • Kesia Monteith

    I’m sorry since when did Devin Velez become a christian rocker? 

  • elliegrll

    The descriptions are great.  It’s AI going back to its roots, and presenting these people as the girls and boys next door, who are being given this one chance to realize their dreams.

  • Anny_nanny

    When did Johnny Keyser become “the rockin musician”!?

  • justmefornow

    I love all these descriptions, so ridiculous. I know they’re trying to manufacture some “buzz” for this season, but to me it seems a little like desperation.
    (And random observation, that Isabelle looks like a 40 yr old ex-pageant bot, lol.)

  • Landon Cox

    Wow watching these promos it makes me realize there are A LOT more people of color this season. Really refreshing.

  • jammasta

    To be fair, we’ve only seen Devin sing once. And if his musical tastes (per his Facebook) are any indication, he definitely does lean towards rock and Christian music. 

    Let’s go Paul, Charlie, Devin, and Jimmy! Kill it!

    …That scares me a lot about this week because there are 4 guys I really like in the first group and I don’t see all 4 staying.

  • No Thanks

    Seriously, WTF is up with Jimmy Smith’s hair!?  You can’t tell me those curls are natural.  Looks like some sore of perm.  It looks ridiculous.

  • Tom22

    I’m very happy they’re mostly not about “hardship” but mostly about kids who are working teaching or being helpful in their communities already.  Of course many great artists come from hard backgrounds but at least they’re not only choosing people with tragedic behind them that they haven’t let define themselves with.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Brian Mansfield interviewed Keith Urban about Idol:

    “Keith Urban: ‘Absolutely a girls’ year’ on ‘Idol’


    As Idol enters its Sudden Death Rounds (Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox), “it’s too soon to tell” a front-runner, Urban says, “only because it’s extraordinary what can happen week to week, positive and minus.”

    However, after watching some performances during Tuesday night’s taping of the show before a theater audience in Las Vegas, Urban was willing to single out a few contestants:
    Angela Miller’s original performance during Hollywood Week has resonated with people, he says. It also has “really helped her, not just because it showed she could write – that’s not a prerequisite in my opinion. … To see her confidence singing a song that she wrote was very helpful for her.” Urban added that, during Tuesday’s Sudden Death taping, “the audience reaction to Angela Miller and a couple other girls was pretty obvious.”

    Urban called country singer Kree Harrison “extraordinarily gifted … in an unusual way. She’s just so effortless in the way she sings. … There’s nothing theatrical and large about her as a performer. There’s just this incredibly authentic voice, in the same way that Adele has that incredibly authentic voice. I just believe her when she sings. She’s definitely a contender.”

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Kree Harrison, the former child singer (what?)”

    I think that this would apply better to Janelle (who was in that production as a child playing Dolly Parton)?

  • windmills

    One thing I got out of the promo with Kree is that she probably did sing You Would’ve Wanted It That Way at her original audition (she’s shown saying she wrote the song for her mom). 

    Based on Devin’s Hollywood Week performance of What A Wonderful World I assumed he has another R&B guy. I was way off I guess!

  • Kariann Hart

    Jimmy Smith reminds me of Jerry Lee Lewis. LOL.  He has the potential to be a Country music star.  Just needs the right song to get to TOP 10 guys.

  • farmgirl

    The little I’ve seen of Aubrey Cleland she is not only gorgeous but also has a beautiful voice.  I can’t wait to see more of her.

  • justmefornow

    Did you drink the Idol Kool-aid?