For the American Idol finalists, their time spent in Hollywood is mostly made up of rehearsals or even catching up on schoolwork. Their life has become a bit of a routine, so any break from the competition is more than welcome. EW was with the Idols for one of those occasions, as they filmed a new commercial for the 2015 Ford Mustang on Sunday in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park.
The Ford/Idol cross-promotion is nothing new, with finalists filming spots for the car company for the past two weeks now, not to mention the previous 12 seasons. But this season’s third spot, airing Thursday night, is a special tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, which was first introduced back on this day in 1964. Though we can’t reveal too many details about the specifics, let’s just say that the Idols were able to have a little fun with their outfits. “We got the dopest glasses!” contestant Sam Woolf said on set. “We don’t get to keep them, though,” Jena Irene told EW. “They are rented from this company. I’m pissed, I really want them!”
The glasses were definitely needed to keep the sun out of the Idol contestants’ eyes on top of the helipad in the park, which features stunning views of the singers’ new adopted Hollywood home. The contestants posed with the new 2015 Ford Mustang model, which was brought up the mountain in pieces and rebuilt on site.
The filming takes up time on the singers’ only day off, but they don’t seem to mind too much. “It’s fun, it’s a different experience,” Jena said. “We are on this routine the whole week, and we get to step away from singing for a little bit and film this, so it’s nice.” Throughout the day on set, the contestants distracted themselves with their cell phones, maybe not to be distracted by the many hikers (and their dogs) that walked by the set. And as rewarding as the whole experience was, Caleb Johnson still pointed out some cons, but at least with great musical wit. “It’s exhausting though, too. Just a lot of waiting, waiting on the world to change.”
You can watch the Ford Mustang spot during American Idol at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on Fox and see which competitor will need a ride home.