William Hung skyrocketed to unlikely fame for his cover of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” on American Idol. Simon Cowell might not have enjoyed the rendition, but it made Hung a star. But what happened to the lovable crooner after the show?
Believe it or not, Hung actually managed to land a record deal on the back of his American Idol appearance. The enthusiastic singer was signed by Koch Entertainment and he released a total of three records in quick succession. His debut album, Inspiration, hit music stores in 2004. According to MTV, Inspiration included one original track, but was otherwise comprised of covers. Hung’s love for Latin pop fusion became even more evident, his debut album included unique takes on Enrique Iglesias hit “Bailamos” and “Shake Your Bon Bon,” another Ricky Martin track.
Inspiration was great and all, but we’d argue that his finest work was his album of Christmas standards, the amazingly titled Hung for the Holidays. Sadly, Hung’s festive LP only sold a measly 35,000 copies, down from the 200,000 copies that Inspiration managed to shift. We’ve heard of the sophomore curse, but if any album was going to be the exception to the rule, it deserved to be Hung for the Holidays. Keep watching to learn What Really Happened To Idol Star William Hung!
Landing a record deal | 0:00
Copious cameos | 1:07
Appeared in movies | 2:02
Crime calculator | 3:06
Happily married | 3:40
An avid poker player | 4:18
A surprise return to American Idol | 5:17
Singing with Ricky Martin | 6:12
William Hung hosted Deadpool Karaoke | 7:12
Motivational speaker | 8:27
No regrets | 9:29
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