He didn't get a ticket to Hollywood, but General Larry Platt got something better: viral fame.
The 62-year-old veteran from Georgia stole the show on Wednesday's American Idol with his rollicking anti-low-rise jeans anthem, "Pants on the Ground."
Sample lyric: "Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin' like a fool with your pants on the ground / with the gold in your mouth, hat turned sideways, pants hit the ground"
"I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit," Simon Cowell told him. "I don't think this is the last we'll hear from you."
The catchy number, which was performed by other Idol hopefuls in the closing montage, has already spawned a slew of remixes, including an AutoTune version.
Unfortunately for Platt, he was disqualified as he is over the show's 28-year age limit. (But hey, last time we checked, there's no age limit on X-Factor.)
Though he provided water-cooler talk and comedy gold, Platt is more than just a wannabe Idol. He was part of the Civil Rights movement in 1963 and says he is the 16-year-old young man on the left in the photo on the Civil Rights Movement Veterans' website homepage. "We had come by bus in 1963 to a church in Savannah, Georgia to plan a march to desegregate the city. Reverend Hosea Williams and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were our leaders," Platt wrote. "That particular planned march was canceled and we were singing to raise our spirits before returning home."
Platt, who earned the nickname "General" for his civil-rights work, also has a day named in his honor in Atlanta. The Georgia General Assembly declared Sept. 4, 2001, Larry Platt Day for his "great energy and commitment to equality and the protection of the innocent and for his outstanding service to the Atlanta community and the citizens of Georgia."