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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.”

William Hung Responds to Jimmy O. Yang, Joe Rogan for Saying He ‘Set Back Asians’ and He’s ‘Mentally Challenged’

William Hung

William Hung has responded to negative comments from Jimmy O. Yang and Joe Rogan, saying that he is open to having a constructive conversation about the matter.

In June, Yang sat for an interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” in which he shared about receiving an offer to star in a William Hung biopic.

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.