Let's get the bad news out of the way first: Rich Lafleur, a 20-year-old construction and landscaping worker from Clarksville, choked at the mic in the Hollywood Week episode of American Idol that aired last night.
But here's the good news: The brief performance in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban appears to opening doors for the country singer.
"My phone has constantly been going off," said Lafleur. "I've been contacted by songwriters in Nashville. Fifteen seconds on American Idol can really slingshot you to the next level."
This season marked Lafleur's third attempt to get on the show. He auditioned in Boston and merited a "Golden Ticket" to advance to the next level in Hollywood.
Lafleur, an Atholton High School grad, said he is working on starting a band and hopes to use the momentum from his appearance on the show to launch his singing career.