'Pants on the Ground' is Performed on Season Nine of 'American Idol'
During the Atlanta auditions for the ninth season of American Idol, 62 year old activist "General" Larry Platt appeared and performed his own original song, "Pants on the Ground". Platt was ineligible to continue, due to being well over the show's age limit of 28 years old. His performance has since become a viral hit, and several celebrities performed the song in the days that followed the original airing of his audition. This included late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who performed a version of the song while also impersonating Neil Young on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. NFL quarterback Brett Favre was also caught leading the Minnesota Vikings in a performance of the song in their locker room following their game against the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFL playoffs. Today Show hosts Meredith Viera, Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Ann Curry also organized a performance of the song. Canadian MLA T. J. Burke also performed a rendition of the song in criticizing Progressive Conservative opposition leader David Alward during a session of the New Brunswick provincial legislature. Platt himself made a subsequent appearance on ABC's The View on January 18, 2010, performing the song in its entirety. "Pants on the Ground" was also sung on WWE's Royal Rumble 2010 PPV event, in a backstage segment between Teddy Long, Cryme Tyme, Ranjin Singh, and the Great Khali.
He appeared on "The View" on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was fitting for the Civil Rights veteran.
Looking like he had undergone a make-over, the 63-year-old performed with pep, but didn't quite pull off his infamous split at the end, but the crowd didn't seem to mind.
When asked by "The View" co-hosts Sherri Sheppard and Elisabeth Hasselbeck how he came up with the song, an out of breath Platt said, "I was walking one day, I see a guy with a baby bottle in his mouth, pacifier, with his pants on the ground. That's what gave me an inspiration."