William Hung Biography

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Born: 1983/01/13
Birth Place: Hong Kong
Genres: Pop

William James Hung Hing Cheong was born on January 13, 1983, and is an American singer who gained fame in 2004 from an off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin's hit song "She Bangs" on the third season of the television series American Idol. Originally from Sha Tin, Hong Kong, Hung moved to Camden, New Jersey in 1993 and decided to pursue a career in music. Hung told Idol judges,

"I want to make music my living," before he started singing and dancing to Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." Simon Cowell dismissed Hung's performance, remarking "you can't sing, you can't dance, so what do you want me to say?" Hung replied, "Um, I already gave my best, and I have no regrets at all."

As a result of his performance on the show and his standing up to Cowell, Hung gained an instant cult following. A William Hung fan site recorded over four million hits within its first week. Hung went on to appear on several television programs including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight, The George Lopez Show, The Late Show With David Letterman, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Howard Stern Radio Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, Arrested Development, and CBS's The Early Show. Hung was featured in several national magazines and remixes of his audition performance began to appear. An online petition to get Hung back to American Idol included more than 100,000 signatures and Hung was brought back to American Idol as part of a mid-season special titled “Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented,” airing March 1, 2004. Hung was offered a record deal from Koch Entertainment in 2004, and released three albums on that label in 2004 and 2005. The albums mainly consisted of covers of pop and rock songs, including "She Bangs.”