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‘American Idol’ brings former contestant William Hung back for its 20th anniversary special

  • Several former contestants were invited to return for American Idol’s “The Great Idol Reunion” 20th anniversary episode, including William Hung. 
  • Hung, 39, skyrocketed to fame in 2004 as a 20-year-old engineering student at the time for his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs.”
  • On Monday, show host Ryan Seacrest introduced the guest as someone “whose very name [was] synonymous with ‘American Idol’” before Hung belted out his signature cover while thrusting his hips side to side to the beat of the music. 
  • After his performance on Monday, Hung shared that, as a motivational speaker now, he tells people, “Everyone has the right to try something new without being judged or ridiculed.”

Several former contestants were invited to return for American Idol’s “The Great Idol Reunion” 20th anniversary episode, including William Hung, 39, who skyrocketed to fame in 2004 for his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs.”

On Monday, show host Ryan Seacrest began the segment by stating, “I can’t help but feel that someone is missing the party.”

Vietnamese Immigrant SHOCKS American Idol Judges in Audition, Compared to Kelly Clarkson

A Vietnamese immigrant’s powerful pipes brought the house down during the season two premiere of “American Idol” last Sunday on ABC.

“My dream as a little kid, my dream has been to be in the front of the American Idol audience,” said 19-year-old songstress Myra Tran before her performance. “I cannot believe that I can have that chance right now.”

What Happened to William Hung?

It was 2004 when William Hung was catapulted into reality TV-stardom via his off-key yet hilarious rendition of Ricky Martin’s catchy tune “She Bangs” in American Idol. Twelve years later, the Hong Kong native has got himself recently married and is now contently working for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell may have deemed Hung as one of the worst singers he’d ever seen during his memorable audition, but many found his performance charmingly goofy, turning him into an instant global darling.