Ricky Martin ended a six show stint at the Monte Carlo Theater in Las Vegas with no shortage of theatricality on Saturday (June 2). A cast of dazzling back-up dancers and wealth of glamorous costuming lit up the stage, but the most shocking moment arrived when the Grammy award-winning singer invited a surprise guest to the stage: American Idol alumnus William Hung.
Hung was introduced to the world with his audition on the Idol’s third season in 2004. Covering Martin’s salsa-inspired “She Bangs,” his abhorrent vocals and accompanying dance moves got virtually all of America laughing, even moving resident Idol hypercritic Simon Cowell to crack a smile.
After reintroducing himself to the crowd, Martin and Hung revived the 2000 uptempo single for their first-ever live duet. Media personality and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews was at the Vegas show and shared a picture of the pair’s overdue rendezvous.
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) June 3, 2018
Though Hung didn’t snag a coveted golden ticket to Hollywood during his Idol stint, he garnered instant widespread media attention. With numerous late night appearances and a record deal with Koch Entertainment, the singer managed to spin his 15 minutes of fame into hundreds of thousands of record sales from three studio albums.
Hung has long since given up any pop-star aspirations, now self-employed as a traveling motivational speaker. Still, after almost 14 years since his television debut, many seem to remember that ill-fated audition, some even calling for a comeback. See tweets below:
OMG HAHAHA!! I’m happy to see William Hung is still around I missed him.
— SnoopDawnyDawn (@snoopdawnydawn) June 3, 2018
— I’ve been wondering what’s up with him.
— —-??—-??K. BEHRens —-??–??—-?? (@EnchantdHart521) June 3, 2018
OMG! Thank you!—- Smile of the day! 15 minutes of fame………still going!
— Tracy Thoms (@Tracy517) June 3, 2018