William Hung will return for Idol special, while wild card selection shifts slightly.

William Hung will return for Idol special, while wild card selection shifts slightly.
American Idol 3‘s first breakout star William “She Bangs” Hung is already a celeb, USA TODAY reports. Besides guesting on Ellen’s show, he’ll also be featured on an upcoming special Idol episode titled Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented. And he may also return for the wild card show. This year, the wild card round will include 12 returners, eight of whom will be selected by the judges to perform. Producer Producer Nigel Lythgoe isn’t identifying who exactly might come back, mostly because the other finalists have yet to be selected. But he tells Zap2it.com, “I personally think we’re going to an awful lot of girls this year. I think the girls are stronger. So I might weight the Wild Card show in favor of boys to try and make it a bit more even.”
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