Travis Garland: Perez Hilton ‘Kicked Off’ My ‘American Idol’ Break

'There's a spot open on 'Idol,' and I want you to fill it,' the singer recalls blogger telling him of Wednesday night's episode.

On Wednesday night (May 19), “American Idol” fans were introduced to Travis Garland, Perez Hilton’s new musical discovery . After getting his start as a member of the boy band NLT (alongside “Glee” star Kevin McHale), Garland is now hoping to ignite the pop world on his own — with help, of course, from the gossip blogger.

Garland’s debut single, “Believe,” was produced by Nate “Danja” Hills (Britney Spears, Keri Hilson), and the budding star admitted his first taste of success has been overwhelming.

“It’s been so much. I’m just trying to take it all in, trying not to get too distracted by everything else that’s going on,” Garland told MTV News during rehearsals for his “Idol” performance.

Garland, who earned radio play as part of NLT with the Timbaland-produced “She Said, I Said,” recalled the morning he got the call to appear on “Idol.”

“It was actually a wake-up call,” he explained. “I want to say it was a little over two weeks ago, and I had been in the studio super late the night before. Around 10 a.m., I looked at my phone, I had probably 10 e-mails, three missed phone calls,” he continued. “And then Perez [Hilton] called me and he was like, ‘Trav, I got some good news, I got some bad news.’ And I was like, ‘What’s the good news?’ And he was like, ‘Well, there’s a spot open on “American Idol,” and I want you to fill it. You think you can do it?’ ”

Garland obviously said yes, and “it all kind of kicked off from there.” Although Garland is still a relative newcomer to the music business, he isn’t so sure he would’ve had what it takes to compete on “Idol” had he gone the traditional contestant route.

“I don’t know, Simon would probably say something snarky,” he joked. “I really don’t know. I guess I would just have to do it to find out.”

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