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Connector of the Day: Larry Platt

January 26th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

A 62-year-old man who dubbed himself the "General" has become an Internet sensation after appearing on "American Idol".

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The talent show contestant has already racked up more than 5 million hits on YouTube with his rap called "Pants on the Ground".

Click here to watch video of Larry Platt on American Idol

In the "American Idol" audition, Platt raps about encouraging young teens to pull up their baggy pants instead of having them hang low around the waist.

The audition turned most of the judges to laughter, but Simon Cowell spotted Platt's potential for fame.

"I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit," American Idol judge Simon Cowell said.

Platt seems to be working his 15 minutes of fame - he already has been offered a record contract and was appointed the mascot for the Minnesota Vikings last week.

We want to know what you think.

Could Larry Platt become 2010's version of Susan Boyle? Will his burst of fame turn into millions? Do you think his message will get across to young people?

Please leave your comments and questions below.

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  1. lance

    Seen it, hope he makes millions before someone steals it.

    January 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  2. Louise

    Questions for Larryn Platt...

    -Can you explain the button on your shirt. Rumors are circulating about the meaning and the story about it. Doesn't sound very nice....

    -Where were you born?

    -What do you do for a living?

    -What is your story?

    -If you are a "internet sensation" what does this mean to you? Is this tangible? Do you make any money via your internet success?

    -Can you describe your American Idol experience. What happened the day you went to audition? How long did you wait to see Simon, Randy and the others? How many times did you sing your song before you performed for the camera? Were you paid?

    -Have you registered or trademarked this song?

    -What are you future plans?

    January 27, 2010 at 6:20 am | Reply

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