When 20-year-old William Hung walked in for his audition on American Idol’s third season in 2004, the judges couldn’t have known they were up against a star in the making, not with his aloof rendition of Ricky Martin’s She Knocks. However, despite his apparent lack of musical talent, William shamelessly continued to sing and dance, leaving the judges in a mess and although he didn’t make the cut, he made it clear he had no regrets showing his talent around the world.
After getting started with a “You can’t sing, you can’t dance, so what do you want me to say? commented American Idol judge Simon Cowell, Hung’s music career seemed to have come to an end. However, contrary to what was expected, he began his career as a musician and was credited with a few titles. Additionally, he has gained a massive cult following as a result of his tenacity.
William Hung’s Bio
Although he spent a lot of time in America, William Hung was born in Sha Tin, Hong Kong on January 13, 1983. He immigrated to the United States in 1993 and settled in Camden, HK. New Jersey. Nothing is known about the family he grew up with and his childhood. For his education, William attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles and after graduation he went to the University of Berkeley, California, where he chose to study Civil Engineering.
During this period, he auditioned for a chance to compete in the third season of American Idol on January 15, 2004. He sings and dances to the best of his ability, but the judges are unimpressed and then fire him. Unfazed by the rejection, the Hong Kong-born singer dropped out of college before retiring to pursue his music career. Ultimately, instead of ending his future as a musician, William’s rejection on American Idol turned him into an international sensation. He gained a cult following with a fan site created in his name.
In line with instant stardom, he earned post-American IDol audition, landed a contract with Koch Entertainment and received a $25,000 down payment. He has released three albums under the label. He performed songs from his debut album, Inspiration, in front of nearly 20,000 fans at halftime at a Golden State Warriors game. The debut album did not receive a warm reception from the public, but still sold 200,000 copies, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Album chart. Hung’s second musical offering drew even more backlash with his dubbed Christmas album Hung for the Holidays selling just 35,000 copies while Miracle: Beautiful Summer by William Hung (his third album) took the nose with 7,000 copies sold.
William Hung finally gave in to the pressure and announced his retirement from music in 2011, but not without appearing on various high-profile TV shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno, The Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! , Live with Ryan Seacrest, Entertainment Tonight, The Late Show with David Letterman, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dateline NBC, Arrested Development and The Early Show. He has also graced several national magazines and newspapers and appeared in advertisements for Ask.com, as well as many major brands such as Cingular Wireless. His acting credit can be attributed to Where’s Mama’s Boy (2004) which was a box office flop.
In 2014, William Hung became a married man. He married a woman known as Jian Teng, but other than her name, nothing else is known about her. There is also no trace of the couple’s descendants at the moment.
Despite the stalemate in his endeavors in the entertainment business, William Hung was able to accumulate a net worth of $600,000. The amount is said to have accrued during his brief time in the limelight and his last job with the county sheriff’s department.
Where is William Hung now?
William Hung later returned to college and earned his first degree from California State University, Northridge in 2010. In 2011, the former singer landed a job with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in as a technical crime analyst. He always repeats that he does not regret his foray into music and encourages young talents to never give up on their dreams.