William Hung married earlier this summer, and he has now opened up about this new milestone in his life to the press. Hung became a household name during season three of "American Idol." His horrible rendition of Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" in front of Simon, Paula, and Randy earned him worldwide attention, and he has continued to receive some attention ever since. People Magazine reported on his marriage on Aug. 21.
Hung married 31-year-old Jian Teng at a ceremony in Alhambra, Ca. on June 18. She is a vocational nurse, and he now works for the L.A. County Department of Public Health as an administrative assistant. Simon may have called Hung one of the worst singers he had ever seen, but Hung capitalized on his popularity following his appearance on "American Idol." He released several albums, and he performed in front of a crowd of 25,000 before he retired from the music business. His official site remains live though. He said the following about his new wife:
"She's a fantastic wife and I'm glad to have somebody to support me."
Not all of the news is good out of the world of "American Idol" though. Rumors resurfaced earlier this week that former "Idol" judge and husband Nick Cannon were having marital problems. Nick Cannon has now spoken out to confirm that the couple split. In fact, they are currently living apart. He said the following to Yahoo! News:
"There is trouble in paradise. have been living in separate houses for a few months. My main focus is my kids."
Cannon also made it clear that the cause of the problems in the marriage was not infidelity. Mariah Carey has kept quiet about the marital problems. A representative for the singer did say that she is focusing on her children and her upcoming tour. Cannon and Carey share a set of three-year-old twins. This is not the first time reports of problems popped up for the couple. There were divorce reports back in May, but Cannon spoke out to deny those reports at that time. However, it is now known that the couple did split back in May.
"American Idol" is currently producing the 2015 edition of the reality series. Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. spoke to the press on Thursday during their latest audition stop in Kansas City. Lopez was very pleased with the city's turnout. She said the following to the press:
"I think we did find some future superstars. Yesterday morning, we had an amazing run. It was like one person after the other after the other. And it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, how many people did we put through in a row?'"
Connick revealed that they pushed through seven singers in a row that morning. Urban did speak out about the talent as well, and there were not any William Hung's in this bunch of singers. He said the following about the talent in Kansas City:
"You’ve got people from small towns whose only references have been family or friends who tell them, ‘You’re extraordinary!’ And they may be the best in their town. But it’s when they get to a bigger environment that they suddenly realize … We may be the first people who tried to shine a light on where they really are with their talent. But there’s different ways to do that. You can crush them, or gently let them know that this may not be their thing."
"American Idol" was at the height of its popularity during season three. The numbers have dropped quite a bit since then. Ratings for the reality series are not the same that they used to be. Sales numbers for albums released by winners of the series are not as high as they used to be either. The most recent winner, Caleb Johnson, sold 11,000 copies of "Testify" in its first week of release. That brought the album to #24 on the Billboard chart. That is less than the album released by last year's winner, and it is the lowest debut for a winner from the series.
Fox continues to support the reality series though. It axed "The X Factor" earlier this year and renewed "American Idol." How long will "American Idol" remain on the air?