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Susan who? A 62-year old man’s audition on American Idol has become the first viral video sensation of 2010.

When “General” Larry Platt performed his self-penned, catchy commentary about fashion in front of the American Idol judges during the television show’s auditions in Atlanta, he probably never imagined that it would garner him almost instant fame and even a possible record deal.

One of the show’s judges, the famously snarky Simon Cowell, did have a feeling though. And he should know. After all, he was also on the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent, the hit British reality show that led to the discovery of last year’s major viral video super-star Susan Boyle.

After seeing Platt’s performance of “Pants on the Ground” – aptly described by CNN as an “atonal and repetitive condemnation of baggy jeans” – Cowell said: “I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit. I don’t think this is going to be the last we hear about you.”

Cowell’s prediction was spot-on. Not long after Platt’s audition episode aired in the U.S., several versions of Platt’s performance appeared on the popular video sharing site YouTube, where some of the versions have been viewed more than a million times already.

Pratt’s tune has even inspired remixes and covers. American comedian and late night television talk-show host Jimmy Fallon covered the song on his show and famous football player Brett Favre performed the song with his teammates to celebrate a playoff victory.

Now it is being reported that Jake Records has offered Platt a deal to record and release the song.

This is not Platt’s first brush with celebrity. In the American state of Georgia, he is famous for his involvement in the American civil rights movement during the 1960s, working under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was reportedly during that time that he was nicknamed “General”. In 2001, he was honoured for his civil rights work when the Georgia General Assembly declared that 4 September would be Larry Platt Day in Atlanta.

At this rate, 2010 might just end up being Larry Platt Year.

American Idol airs locally every Sunday on M-Net.
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