It's Catchy and Simon Cowell Says it is Going to Be a Hit
If you missed American Idol Wednesday night, then you missed General Larry Platt as he auditioned in Atlanta, singing his original song, "Pants On The Ground." It was a good call, keeping General Larry Platt for last, because, as the viewers soon
"Pants on the Ground": Hit Video from General Larry Platt American Idol Audition
Date: January 13, 2009
United States of America
found, there was no topping his performance once it was shown. No doubt the American Idol video will go viral on this tune. Even judge Simon Cowell said he had "a horrible feeling that song could be a hit." That line alone guaranteed that the video would go viral.
The American Idol judges were joined by R&B artist Mary J. Blige in the capital of the Dirty South for the second episode and the second round of auditions. They would hand out a few less gold tickets in Atlanta (25) than in Boston (31), but the tickets that did go out went to pretty talented individuals, like church singer Jermaine Sellers. However, it was the end of the program and General Larry Platt made American Idol the show to watch Wednesday night.
The General stood front and center on the American Idol stage and like several others before him (William Hung, Renaldo Lapuz, that crazy slap-rapper in New Orleans), he did his thing. And as bad as it was, there was something that was fun and infectious about it. After Simon Cowell asked him the name of his song ("Pants On The Ground"), General Larry Platt explained it was about pulling one's pants up. He then started singing and dancing. The song consisted of two lines of "Pants On The Ground" followed by a third line that ended in a word that rhymed with "ground." Then there was an extended set of double rhymed lines that ended back at "Pants on the ground." For example, the song existed, in part:
"Pants on the ground,
Pants on the ground,
You're lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground."
Simple. Direct. Strangely catchy.
Before it was over, only Simon Cowell refused to get in on the hand-clapping, foot-stomping infectiousness. Judges Kara DioGuardi and Mary J. Blige were laughing uproariously by the time Simon got the General to stop.