is “The Myth, The Singing and Dancing LEGEND–William Hung” a fake?

is “The Myth, The Singing and Dancing LEGEND–William Hung” a fake?
Undoubtedly, the audition highlight of American Idol 3 was William Hung, the 20-year-old man-child who sang and danced to a Ricky Martin song that will never be the same again. So it’s only right that he be immortalized on the web on a fan site created by two “self-professed American Idol junkies.” There, you can watch his performance of “She Bangs” and decide for yourself whether to laugh or cry, because it’s impossible to capture in words. However, in a MetaFilter thread discussing the site, Mach3avelli says, “My friend is friends with him at Berkeley. The whole shtick is an act, and a very convincing one too.” The “friend of a friend” thing sounds fishy, but maybe I just want to believe in William. Then again, another user points out William’s name shortens to “Willy Hung.” Could he be a fake? If so, step aside, best actor contenders, and hand an Oscar to this guy.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.