American Idol Winners – Welcome Home Videos

American Idol.com has posted short “coming home” videos for each of the Idol winners!  Really makes me excited for next season.

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Watch them after the jump, or at THIS LINK. I’m also posting You Tube versions, because the American Idol video format basically…sucks.

Video after the JUMP…

Kelly Clarkson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5VWach3c_Q

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Ruben Studdard

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Fantasia

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Carrie Underwood

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Taylor Hicks


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Jordin Sparks

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David Cook

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Kris Allen

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Lee DeWyze

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26 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting Mj. Videos are slow loading but the AI ones usually are. Nice to see everyone in their hometowns, especially Lee.

  2. If you view these vids independently, they’re awesome. It makes you feel good seeing all the people you voted for looking back at their small town beginnings.

    But as someone brought up, there’s a dissonance when you look at these Welcome Home vids and compare them to all the changes they’re planning on Idol.

  3. So the promo is nothing but just HOMETOWN PRIDE. They all were just stating what the townfolks DID for them during their AI run and after winning (mass support, T-shirts, banners, organized events, etc) AND what they (winners) brought or gave back to their hometowns (town name recognition, charities, & small stuff).

    So what become of your past idol winners? TOWN HEROES!

    I felt like they reduced Kelly & Carrie to town’s stars w/ this “Welcome Home” promo by downplaying or not mentioning their big successes or accomplishments in the music industry when they are more than that. Maybe, it’s to make everybody look good equally.

    Promo Message? Winning Idol makes you very popular. Hmmm, definitely appealing to the teens. :wink:

  4. I was so excited to watch all of these. What surprised me was that while the themes of the video were the same, the tone was uneven across all of the videos. Carrie’s and Fantasia’s in particular really jolted me – Carrie’s felt impersonal (hers was also the shortest I think) and Fantasia’s was depressing (basically, I think it was because she and her family wanted to escape her hometown, not celebrate it, which is fair enough, but jarring thematically).

    Jordin’s was fun to see but did not fit the theme at all – she never mentioned Arizona or her pop singing career – just her Broadway gig that has already ended. I still enjoyed seeing it, and aww at the Melinda Doolittle mention:)

    Kelly’s was sweet – cool comment about her still surrounding herself with her friends from high school, Ruben’s too – so cool to see his family. Taylor also was interesting for me – loved seeing his dad’s pride and he had a great quote that tied the theme together about going from their smalltowns to the world via the show. David, Kris, and Lee were all revisiting the bars they played. I enjoyed seeing Cook’s stadium he worked at because the visual was fun and it reminds you that so much happens in each of these singers lives before they are seen on AI.

    I would love to know what happened in the edit room that shaped each of these vignettes.

    All of this made me dream of the day when someone makes a documentary about the show and we get the real stories behind the AI and how the contests truly felt dealing with everything – especially the highs and the lows.

  5. So what become of your past idol winners? TOWN HEROES!

    Exactly. The only other angle I can think of here is that they are positioning the show to be very “American”, maybe as opposed to the new X-Factor import? Or perhaps the voting trends tell them that the contestants get a majority of their votes regionally. So maybe they are trying to drum up interest in those folks that have a contestant from their city/state? Small town girl/boy makes good.

  6. The videos from the AI site don’t work. I guess their point is that the next American Idol could be your friend from High School. It’s funny that none of the vignettes I could see–Kelly, David, Kris–had any music at all by the person. It’s clearly not about the music or the performance skill.

  7. So what become of your past idol winners? TOWN HEROES!

    The idea is that anyone, from anyplace in America can win American Idol. The new contestants haven’t achieved anything yet, so get people invested in them by saying that even if they came from a small town or humble background, they still have a chance to win.

  8. Exactly. The only other angle I can think of here is that they are positioning the show to be very “American”, maybe as opposed to the new X-Factor import?

    Yes, when Nigel mentioned a panel of all Americans I knew that idol was going to go with that theme against X-Factor.

  9. I loved Taylor’s! His Dad and brother Sean (who by the way is so much cuter without the long hair!) are so proud of Taylor. I am still so happy Taylor won and that he seems to be the same adorable southern boy he always was!!!!

  10. Yes, when Nigel mentioned a panel of all Americans I knew that idol was going to go with that theme against X-Factor.

    Oh I missed that. Hmmm.. Its going to be entertaining to watch Nigel position the show this year.

  11. It’s somewhat jarring, sad and nostalgic to think that for the first 5 seasons we really worried about who would win.

  12. What surprised me was that while the themes of the video were the same, the tone was uneven across all of the videos. Carrie’s and Fantasia’s in particular really jolted me – Carrie’s felt impersonal (hers was also the shortest I think)

    I haven’t watched all of them (SUCH a pain to get them to play!), but I agree that the tones were really uneven-BUT I’m pretty sure they were all 1:30 in length. Yeah, Carrie’s was surprisingly impersonal, as was Jordin’s (it was mostly in NYC… not really emphasizing the home theme like the others… and some of her interview comments were a little odd). Lee’s and Kris’ seemed a bit like the hometown visits, with the fans and stuff, which is different from the older winners’, which had more random testimonials. I dunno, I liked them overall since I do like all these people, albeit to various degrees. Some were better than others. They all looked great. My big takeaway was that apparently David Cook was part of another band (Twixt?) that we’d never heard of, lol. Pretty shocked that there’s some David Cook music history that his stalkers fans never knew about =P.

    Anyway, I’m curious to see what, if anything they do with these besides the website. I’ve enjoyed the 30 and 60 minute spots, but I can’t see these fitting as commercials. I do hope to see some more footage, since I’m sure they shot more stuff.

  13. Being that Birmingham is my hometown (don’t live there at present) I loved Ruben’s and Taylor’s, Ruben’s especially because it seems some people do still think of AL as being terribly racially divided and it’s not anymore. After that I really liked Lee’s and Kris’. Jordin’s is off with her being in NYC not Arizona. Something could have been done differently there to get Phoenix in there like show clips of her top 3 homecoming visit along with her interview in NYC. Oh well, those were all nice to watch.

  14. So the promo is nothing but just HOMETOWN PRIDE. They all were just stating what the townfolks DID for them during their AI run and after winning (mass support, T-shirts, banners, organized events, etc) AND what they (winners) brought or gave back to their hometowns (town name recognition, charities, & small stuff).

    So what become of your past idol winners? TOWN HEROES!

    I felt like they reduced Kelly & Carrie to town’s stars w/ this “Welcome Home” promo by downplaying or not mentioning their big successes or accomplishments in the music industry when they are more than that. Maybe, it’s to make everybody look good equally.

    Promo Message? Winning Idol makes you very popular. Hmmm, definitely appealing to the teens.

    When they went around filming these people in their HOME TOWNS, what exactly did you expect the promos to be? This is exactly what I expected them to be like.

    I don’t think there is supposed to be a “message.” It’s just promo that emphasizes the Americanness of American Idol, and that it is not won by Hollywood stars but by regular Americans like the folks at home.

  15. I really love the fact that these promos feature the winners, their hometowns, and their families and friends. We all know the common ground is the fact that their “stage/jumping off point” is American Idol but at least this time, neither the show nor the judges are the focus of the message.

    Amazing that Birmingham, AL produced such fantastic performers as Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard. They are wonderful representations of their hometown. Taylor, as usual, looked wonderfully handsome.

    It’s about time AI put the spotlight on the winners and this was a great way to do it.

  16. I don’t think there is supposed to be a “message.” It’s just promo that emphasizes the Americanness of American Idol, and that it is not won by Hollywood stars but by regular Americans like the folks at home.

    That’s what I got out of it, too. Look at these normal people from normal towns that Idol found — and you voted and helped to change their lives! And now it’s time to do it again!

  17. If the idea of these is to give longterm viewers warm fuzzy feelings then I say well done LOL as mentioned above though its just stupid to make these promos then listen to how Nigel is basically turning AI into a different show. The basic message is no different than the previous promos that featured David and Kris the last two years (e.g. “They all start somewhere!”, a normal guy with dreams turning into a rock stah!) I get what they were going for.

  18. If the idea of these is to give longterm viewers warm fuzzy feelings then I say well done LOL as mentioned above though its just stupid to make these promos then listen to how Nigel is basically turning AI into a different show.

    The promos were produced by Fox, it’s clear that they get it, but Nigel doesn’t.

  19. I just realized my comment was mostly critiques. I just wanted to say I enjoyed them overall and do hope to see more footage. Bottom line, love these guys. Team Idol!

    ETA: I think David Cook’s mom lost weight too. She was pretty to begin with, but she looks really glamorous now. Then again, I saw her in person at the Race for Hope last May in a ponytail and no make up, and thought she looked like the prettiest mom ever.

  20. Then again, I saw her in person at the Race for Hope last May in a ponytail and no make up, and thought she looked like the prettiest mom ever.

    Didn’t she look amazing?!

    I love seeing all those winners – rather fond of pretty much all of them. :)

  21. I could only see Kelly’s , David’s & Kris’s videos as they are on You Tube . Kris’s is 2 minutes surprisingly & the other 2 about 1.30. I liked all 3 & I agree it does seem to be going for the theme of coming from humble American backgrounds to being able to win no matter where you come from. Kris’s also showed how much he is in to helping others as well – maybe showing that if you win it the extra profile can be used for the good of others!

  22. felt like they reduced Kelly & Carrie to town’s stars w/ this “Welcome Home” promo by downplaying or not mentioning their big successes or accomplishments in the music industry when they are more than that. Maybe, it’s to make everybody look good equally.

    Yes it felt this way to me too. They are not all equal by any means. I don’t know why they can’t give credit where credit is due.

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