WATCH: William Hung Makes Surprise Appearance On ‘Idol’ Reunion Show To Perform ‘She Bangs’

The Great Idol Reunion featured a surprise appearance from one of the most memorable American Idol contestants of all time:…


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May 2, 2022


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William Hung; Photo Courtesy American Idol

The Great Idol Reunion featured a surprise appearance from one of the most memorable American Idol contestants of all time: William Hung. 

The Season 3 contestant won over the hearts of millions with his now-iconic Idol audition where he sang the Ricky Martin hit, “She Bangs.” 

His appearance came as a total shock to American Idol viewers. 

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“You know, it really is great to look back and celebrate all that’s gone on in this very studio over the past 20 years. I can’t help but feel that someone is missing the party,” Seacrest teased. “Someone who helped put this show on the map, dare I say, the legend, whose very name is synonymous with American Idol.”

Seacrest then introduced Hung to the stage for a performance of the viral hit.

“I think you know who I’m talking about, Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome William Hung,” Seacrest said, as Idol judge Katy Perry freaked out saying, “Oh my God!”

Hung exploded onto the Idol stage with an energy-filled performance of the Martin tune.

Following Hung’s performance, he gave Idol viewers an update on what he’s been up to since the exiting the show.

He revealed to Seacrest that he is now a motivational speaker.

“I tell people, I believe everyone has a right to try something new without being judged or ridiculed. 

The Great Idol Reunion featured a series of duets, where former Idol winners and contestants paired up with fellow Idol alum for one-of-a-kind collaborations.

Laci Kaye Booth, Laine Hardy, Jordin Sparks, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, David Cook, Kris Allen, Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Willie Spence, David Archuleta, William Hung, Justin Guarini, and Grace Kinstler also returned to the Idol stage for performances during the show.

Former Idol judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson also made special appearances during the special.

American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.