On Wednesday night's "American Idol," the world was introduced to Travis Garland, an artist gossip blogger Perez Hilton hopes to launch as the next big thing. Perez thinks Garland's debut single, "Believe," is a track that will pique music fans' interest.
"I'm so excited to be working with Travis, because he's the first artist that I found [and] have been involved with every step of the way," Perez told MTV News at Garland's rehearsal for his "Idol" debut. "And we're at this amazing moment now, and it's exciting to see it already working. And that's just the beginning of the beginning.
"We're looking forward to taking him on the road this summer all over and seeing his fans," Hilton added. "He's already got girls and guys and people who are familiar with him from NLT."
Perez is referring to the now-defunct boy band that included Garland and "Glee" star Kevin McHale, until they broke up last year. While Hilton wasn't too familiar with NLT, he learned about Garland on the Web.
"I became aware of Travis thanks to the Internet," he said. "Over a year ago, I started working with Travis. Around that time, he did a reworking of Justin Timberlake's song 'Dead and Gone' with T.I., and I loved Travis' version so much. I was like, 'Wow, this is different.' And it felt real and dangerous and edgy and raw, and I was like, 'I need to meet this kid.' I was really blown away."
The gossip gangster believes Garland has the "it" factor. "What's special about Travis Garland is, he's not only a great singer and a great dancer, but he's also a songwriter," Perez boasted. "He also plays piano. He also produces, and he's just a real, authentic artist. And that's what people want nowadays."
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