People already know who he is.
When he auditioned for "American Idol" for the second time this year, "Idol" workers and other auditioning singers recognized him as the amenable pal to season 12 winner and St. Helena Island native Candice Glover.
Even new judge Harry Connick Jr. knew of him.
"So, you're Candice's best friend," was the first thing Connick said to him.
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"Yes," Laquan Fields answered. Then he opened his mouth to sing and to prove that he had a talent all his own.
The 23-year-old hairstylist and fellow St. Helena Island native auditioned for the show in Atlanta, singing "When I Was Your Man," by Bruno Mars and advancing to the Hollywood rounds. It was a song he and Glover had practiced together. It was a song Glover also sang on "Idol." To Fields, she admitted, "This is your song," and helped him perfect it for his tryout.
Fields auditioned with Glover in Charlotte in 2012, but did not advance to the Hollywood rounds.
"Right when I got cut last year, the second I walked out of the room, I had determined I would try again," Fields said. "I just wanted to go back again and see how far I could get. The experience, in itself, is great."
With Glover advancing and eventually winning the competition last year, Fields got an exclusive peek at how the cogs in the "Idol" machine worked. He saw how Glover was built up and torn down by the judges repeatedly, but said he wasn't turned off by watching her experience. Now that Fields is determined to make a go at a singing career like his friend, he said he isn't letting anything or anyone discourage him.
"(Candice) told me not to pay attention to what other people are going to say," Fields said.
Especially those who insist he is riding her coattails.
"Being Candice's best friend is always going to be there in the title. I don't really mind that.
"But I also have to show that I'm not here because I'm Candice's best friend, I'm here because I can sing as well," Fields said. "This isn't a 'Who You Know Best' competition, it's a singing competition."
When Fields finished singing his audition song, Connick again brought up Glover. It took her three years, he said, and she had to go home and really listen to what she sounded like before she was ready. You need to really listen to yourself too, he told Fields, who was starting to fear a trio of "No's" coming his way.
"Do you know when the best time to do that is?" Connick asked. "... In Hollywood!"
"And I started screaming," Fields said with a laugh. "Like, why would you do that to me?"
For a moment, it was one of the worst feelings ever. Then, one of the best.
"I made it to Hollywood, which is a lot further than last year," Fields said. "And it's not the end. I'm going to continue going."