American Idol music videos use an L.A. backdrop By Joni Gray, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer This weeks Wednesday night program will feature a Ford first the reveal of a new model via the "American Idol" contestants. Remember, the Idols have only one short week to learn all their songs, find cool stuff to wear and record and act in these weekly video productions, then perform on the show. This grueling schedule is a good enough reason American Idol Productions decided to shoot these videos right here in the Greater Los Angeles area. See our Google map to spot each location. Just for fun, weve rounded up the American Idol/Ford music videos from this season that lead up to tonights Focus launch.