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Without a doubt American Idol's most memorable castoff, William Hung flips every pop-star convention known to exist.

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He has gained a worldwide cult following since his January 27, 2004 television debut as a rejected contender on the third season of the hit reality TV talent show, in which he intrigued the three-judge panel and millions of viewers with his exceptionally awkward and off-key performance of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." The TV audience took an overwhelming and unexpected liking to the untrained, uncoordinated, and in-dire-need-of-a-headbrace Hung, whose fondness for karaoke has turned him into an accidental novelty star that is selling neither sex nor talent--he is simply selling his honest, earnest, unapologetically geeky self.

After winning a dormitory talent show during his freshman year for his supremely eccentric rendition of "She Bangs," 21-year-old Hung, a civil engineering student at UC Berkeley, decided on impulse to try out for American Idol in September 2003. Unaware that the show's producers would broadcast his audition four months later, Hung was in for a huge surprise, as was the world of pop culture in general. Viewers--amused by Hung's 90-second audition (cut too short by an aghast Simon Cowell) and inspired by his sincere reply to the acerbic judges' insults--immediately flooded Hung's UC Berkeley University email account with fan mail. Overnight, video files of his spastic audition were uploaded all over the Internet, and countless fan sites were launched as well--one started by McKinleyville, California real estate agent Don Chin, WillingHung.net, received 4 million hits in its first week alone.

Hung appeared on American Idol a few months later as part of a mid-season, hour-long episode titled Uncut, Uncensored, And Untalented, which featured auditions and performances by various Idol rejects and documented Hung's bizarre breakout rise to fame. For the show's finale, Hung performed "She Bangs" flanked by a bevy of sexy, cheerleader-skirted dancers. This was far from his last TV appearance; other top-notch media outlets quickly caught onto the William Hung craze, and the lovable Chinese-American dweeb was featured on Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, CBS's The Early Show, Extra, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Major publications like the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and USA Today ran articles on the unlikely pop sensation, and he was interviewed on radio shows across the country. Hung even performed at the 2004 KIIS 102.7 FM Wango Tango summer festival in Los Angeles (alongside Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, Hilary Duff, Janet Jackson, and other pop idols), and belted out tone-deaf notes at various sporting events all the way from Canada to his residential city of Berkeley, California. It was at one Berkeley concert that the Fuse music channel and Koch Entertainment surprised the idolized loser with a $25,000 check and recording contract in February 2004.

Hung signed a deal with Koch in March and recorded his album--originally titled The True Idol and later renamed Inspiration--in a single weekend with producer Giuseppe D (Backstreet Boys, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion). Rush-released on April 6, 2004, the 11-song debut album included covers of (of course) Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" and "Shake Your Bon Bon," as well as Elton John's "Rocket Man," the Village People's "YMCA," R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," and the Eagles' "Hotel California." The disc, which also contained Hung's spoken-word inspirational thoughts and a 40-minute making-of-the-album documentary DVD entitled A Day In The Life Of William Hung, debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Album Chart and number 34 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release.

Hung, modern pop culture's inexplicable, talentless phenomenon, is truly a wonder to guffaw upon. Exploited or not, one thing you can say about the "Hong Kong Ricky Martin" is he's certainly no cookie-cutter pop star, notwithstanding American Idol as his claim to fame. Hung is, well, Hung--nothing more, nothing less, but someone who has sparked absolute nationwide hysteria.

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    Booking fees for William Hung, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Hung, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR William Hung?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Hung for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Hung for your next private or corporate function.
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William Hung

Without a doubt American Idol's most memorable castoff, William Hung flips every pop-star convention known to exist.

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William Hung Biography

He has gained a worldwide cult following since his January 27, 2004 television debut as a rejected contender on the third season of the hit reality TV talent show, in which he intrigued the three-judge panel and millions of viewers with his exceptionally awkward and off-key performance of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs." The TV audience took an overwhelming and unexpected liking to the untrained, uncoordinated, and in-dire-need-of-a-headbrace Hung, whose fondness for karaoke has turned him into an accidental novelty star that is selling neither sex nor talent--he is simply selling his honest, earnest, unapologetically geeky self.

After winning a dormitory talent show during his freshman year for his supremely eccentric rendition of "She Bangs," 21-year-old Hung, a civil engineering student at UC Berkeley, decided on impulse to try out for American Idol in September 2003. Unaware that the show's producers would broadcast his audition four months later, Hung was in for a huge surprise, as was the world of pop culture in general. Viewers--amused by Hung's 90-second audition (cut too short by an aghast Simon Cowell) and inspired by his sincere reply to the acerbic judges' insults--immediately flooded Hung's UC Berkeley University email account with fan mail. Overnight, video files of his spastic audition were uploaded all over the Internet, and countless fan sites were launched as well--one started by McKinleyville, California real estate agent Don Chin, WillingHung.net, received 4 million hits in its first week alone.

Hung appeared on American Idol a few months later as part of a mid-season, hour-long episode titled Uncut, Uncensored, And Untalented, which featured auditions and performances by various Idol rejects and documented Hung's bizarre breakout rise to fame. For the show's finale, Hung performed "She Bangs" flanked by a bevy of sexy, cheerleader-skirted dancers. This was far from his last TV appearance; other top-notch media outlets quickly caught onto the William Hung craze, and the lovable Chinese-American dweeb was featured on Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, CBS's The Early Show, Extra, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Major publications like the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and USA Today ran articles on the unlikely pop sensation, and he was interviewed on radio shows across the country. Hung even performed at the 2004 KIIS 102.7 FM Wango Tango summer festival in Los Angeles (alongside Jessica Simpson, Black Eyed Peas, Hilary Duff, Janet Jackson, and other pop idols), and belted out tone-deaf notes at various sporting events all the way from Canada to his residential city of Berkeley, California. It was at one Berkeley concert that the Fuse music channel and Koch Entertainment surprised the idolized loser with a $25,000 check and recording contract in February 2004.

Hung signed a deal with Koch in March and recorded his album--originally titled The True Idol and later renamed Inspiration--in a single weekend with producer Giuseppe D (Backstreet Boys, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion). Rush-released on April 6, 2004, the 11-song debut album included covers of (of course) Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" and "Shake Your Bon Bon," as well as Elton John's "Rocket Man," the Village People's "YMCA," R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," and the Eagles' "Hotel California." The disc, which also contained Hung's spoken-word inspirational thoughts and a 40-minute making-of-the-album documentary DVD entitled A Day In The Life Of William Hung, debuted at number one on the Billboard Independent Album Chart and number 34 on the Billboard Top 200 in its first week of release.

Hung, modern pop culture's inexplicable, talentless phenomenon, is truly a wonder to guffaw upon. Exploited or not, one thing you can say about the "Hong Kong Ricky Martin" is he's certainly no cookie-cutter pop star, notwithstanding American Idol as his claim to fame. Hung is, well, Hung--nothing more, nothing less, but someone who has sparked absolute nationwide hysteria.

FAQs on booking William Hung

  • How to book William Hung?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Hung for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for William Hung, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Hung or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Hung?

    Booking fees for William Hung, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Hung, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Hung?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Hung for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Hung for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Hung or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Hung or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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