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'Idol' auditioneer Larry Platt taking 'Pants on the Ground' to 'The View'


By Christopher Rocchio, 01/15/2010 

Simon Cowell was right: American Idol viewers haven't heard the last from "General" Larry Platt.

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The 63-year-old veteran from Atlanta, GA will perform his original song "Pants on the Ground" during Monday's broadcast of ABC's The View, USA Today reported Thursday, adding that Platt also hopes to record the tune.

"I'm going to keep singing 'Pants on the Ground,'" he told USA Today.

"It's not the way it's supposed to be, kids walking around here with their pants all hanging down, calling themselves 'gangster' and everything. I don't like it."

Platt first performed "Pants on the Ground" at the conclusion of Wednesday night's American Idol ninth-season broadcast, which featured audition footage from Atlanta.

Before performing, Platt told the judges the song is "about people pulling their pants up."

While Cowell pointed out after Platt was done that he exceeded the show's age limit by more than 30 years, he felt the song could become popular.

"I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit," said Cowell during the episode. "I don't think this is the last we'll hear from you. I have a feeling about you Larry."

Cowell was correct, as footage of Platt's performance has since gone viral and become an Internet sensation.

"So many people calling, I can't keep up with it," Platt told USA Today. "Radio stations, TV stations, everybody keeps calling me."

Platt -- who once marched with Martin Luther King Jr. for civil rights and also worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to organize sit-ins in Georgia -- said he received his nickname from civil rights leader Hosea Williams.

"I went across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 'Bloody Sunday' with Hosea Williams and John Lewis on March 7, 1965," Platt told USA Today.

"It was kind of rough in the day. But we didn't do all this stuff that people are doing today."

American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi said despite Platt violating the show's age restrictions, his performance did add something to the ninth season.

"He really had a light soul about him. He was joyous," she told USA Today.

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