If you were closely following Barely Digital’s Key of Awesome contest (as we were) over the past few weeks, then this is new isn’t exactly a surprise. But for those that didn’t, today came official word that “Fast Food Folk Song” (above) by Rhett & Link (Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal) emerged victorious amongst the twelve finalists in the show’s “Contest of Awesome.” What do they win? How about appearing in the next Weezer music video from the band’s new album Raditude.
Rhett & Link have been YouTube standouts for a while, and the North Carolina-based duo have cranked out over 200 videos, many of them music videos. So if Vegas oddsmakers were taking action on this contest, they would have most likely been 2-1 favorites. Their “Fast Food Folk Song” debuted online back in April of last year, and has since breezed passed the 2 million view mark. The real-life musical order at a Taco Bell drive thru, taking a nod to hidden camera fast food ad spots like Sonic’s drive-thru ambushes, the video found what could quite possibly be the best Taco Bell employee ever.
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Next New Networks has in fact scored a hit with Key of Awesome, its latest series under the Barely Digital network banner. Launched back in October of last year, the weekly music and pop culture parody web series has already reached the 25 million viewer mark, with an average of 5 million per month. A list of highlight list of episodes worth watching: Lady Gaga, The Dark Knight, Twilight and The Jersey Shore and their latest episode, “Kei$ha Tik Tok.”
Also worth another look now that LOST is back on TV with its final season is Rhett & Link’s video made with The Fine Brothers, “LOST Answers?! (Song Parody)”
And Key of Awesome’s video announcing the winner: