Have you ever taken a moment to have a second glance at the man or woman standing next to you? The first time you look at them, they look familiar but you think nothing of it. Upon further scrutiny and inspection, you start to get the feeling that this may be someone you've seen before.

If you're a CSUN student and you've crossed paths with someone who looks like William Hung, there is no need to second-guess. As a matter of fact, it was the one-and-only William Hung.

Ever since Hung's inception into the non-celebrity hall of fame for his rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" on the Fox television show "American Idol," Hung has become a cult icon. No matter who you are, what kind of music you like and even if you have valuing emotions of hate toward that decadent and depraved talent show, you probably still know who William Hung is.

by Dylan Thomas,CSUN Daily Sundial (c) 2008
Photo by Abel J. Macias

(c) and courtesy: http://www.buddytv.com

With the audition episodes of American Idol underway, it's worth looking back at what is probably the most famous audition in the history of American Idol. Yes, I'm talking about the infamous William Hung. William was unabashedly himself during a rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" and became an overnight sensation.

Ironically, William may now be more famous than Ricky Martin.

Although his unique brand of musical genius was snubbed by the American Idol judges, William Hung became an hugely popular, sparking a legion of loyal fans, as well as a record deal. William was kind enough to sit down with us here at BuddyTV for an exclusive interview.

BTV: What are you up to these days, William?

WH: Just performing live at many different places. You've gotten to travel around a lot performing live.

BTV: Where have you been, what are your favorite places? Where are you going next?

WHI: I've been to many parts of the United States already. I've been to Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Iceland.

BTV: What's your favorite?

WH: Favorite? It's hard to say. Maybe Iceland.

BTV: Iceland? What was cool about Iceland?

WH: It's actually very beautiful there, a lot of good food.

BTV: I heard the women are good looking there. Is this true?

WH: (Laughs.)

BTV: In the past few years you've been on TV, appeared in a movie or two - is acting something that you want to get into and pursue?

WH: I don't know. If given the opportunity and the right place and the right people, maybe.

BTV: Do you enjoy it, being on camera?

WH: It's fun.

BTV: You auditioned for American Idol season 3. How far do you think you could have gotten if you had made it to Hollywood and been at the whim of the American people, instead of the judges?

WH: I really don't know. It's hard to say because all the judges are just people, and people are very subjective to what they like and what they don't like.

BTV: Do you have another album in the works at all?

WH: Not right now, but my next stop is in Seattle. I'll be performing live in Seattle.

BTV: Where in Seattle will you be performing?

WH: Alderwood Mall.

BTV: What kind of performances are you doing these days? What kind of repertoire, how long, what songs?

WH: It really depends on what the fans request or what the company requests. But for this one in Seattle, I will probably locate two songs every hour, so I don't know.

BTV: You've become an overnight sensation since your experience on American Idol. How has your life changed since then and has it been what you expected?

WH: At first, it was very difficult to adjust to. I'm not used to having all these people overwhelming me, asking me, "Are you William Hung?" "Are you American Idol?" Or, "May I have a picture with you?"

BTV: When you're out in the public, how is the public response to you? Do a lot of people come up to you, is it pretty much all positive?

WH: Yeah, mostly positive. Occasionally I get criticism, but I take it well.

BTV: Are you a big fan of American Idol still? Do you still watch it?

WH: Yeah, of course. I've been following it very closely.

BTV: Who would you say your favorite all time Idols are?

WH: Some of them would be Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood. Um...let me see...I like many people. I like Bo Bice, Jasmine Trias...many, many people...Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard...

BTV: Who did you like last season?

WH: I liked Katherine McPhee. I wish she had won.

BTV: What's your favorite movie?

WH: Lord of the Rings

BTV: Do you have a favorite album of all-time? Favorite album?

WH: Um, Ricky Martin's...uh...I forgot what the name of that album was... Livin' La Vida Loca? Yeah, yeah. That one.

BTV: What's your favorite restaurant or food?

WH: Um...maybe a Chinese restaurant.

BTV: Who's your dream girl?

WH: Dream girl? Oh...uh...just someone who loves me for who I am. No matter what.

BTV: Who's your favorite American Idol judge?

WH: Paula Abdul.

BTV: Why?

WH:  Because she's a very nice person.

BTV: Do you have a favorite swear word?

WH: What is that?

BTV: A curse word.

WH: Curse word? No.

BTV: Do you have any last words for your fans?

WH: I would like to thank them for their continued support. I'm really grateful and will continue to do my best to put out better albums, better songs, better movies for my fans to enjoy.

BTV: Your future plans are to continue to pursue music? Can we expect a lot more from you in the future?

WH: Yeah, I'll keep working on it.

BTV: Thanks William!

WH: Thank you.rds at the Anderson City Jail.
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