William Hung is undeniably the most memorable “American Idol” reject. So what has Hung been up to since leaving the show?

William James Hung Hing Cheong (Traditional Chinese: 孔慶翔, Simplified Chinese: 孔庆翔,; born January 13, 1983), commonly known as William Hung, gained fame in early 2004 as a result of his off-key audition performance of Ricky Martin’s hit song “She Bangs” on the third season of “ American Idol.”

William Hung auditioning on American Idol

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Susan Boyle has become the first solo artist to reach No 1 in the UK and US album charts at the same time twice in a year.

SuBo made history yesterday when her latest album, The Gift, topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Susan Boyle's second album The Gift

Her first album, I Dreamed A Dream, achieved the same success a year ago.

Simon Cowell, who signed Susan to his label Syco, calls The Britain’s Got Talent runner-up his “superwoman.”

“I’m thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds,” says Simon, 51.

Only The Beatles and The Monkees have equalled single 49-year-old Susan’s incredible feat.

Her popularity exceeds Madonna and even Elvis Presley.

“I’ve never felt happier in my life,” says Susan. “This is an amazing result and one I never expected.”

Boyle released “The Gift” (Syco/Sony) in the United States on Nov. 9 and a day earlier in the United Kingdom, with Sony Music Entertainment planning an initial U.S. shipment of 1.2 million units. First-week U.S. sales is projected to be about 300,000 units, less than half the 701,000 that her debut, “I Dreamed a Dream,” sold during Thanksgiving week last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The continued slump in recorded-music sales means that it may be impossible for “The Gift” to match the phenomenal sales of “I Dreamed a Dream,” which benefited from the YouTube-fueled frenzy over Boyle’s April 2009 debut appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent.”

The debut album has sold 3.8 million units in the United States and 1.8 million in the United Kingdom, according to SoundScan and the Official Charts Co. (OCC), respectively. Sony says “I Dreamed a Dream” has sold 9 million units worldwide, and IFPI cited the album as the global best seller of 2009.

Boyle will also be making a flurry of U.S. TV appearances. She appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Oct. 19, with further appearances to follow on “Today,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” TNT’s “Christmas in Washington” special and more, although international appearances will be more limited than on the last campaign.

“American TV plays to her strengths,” says Shack, who cites Australia, Canada and Japan as priority international markets. “She’s not that comfortable engaging with European chat show presenters.”

“The Gift” contains 10 tracks, a mixture of seasonal standards like “O Holy Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” and covers of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day,” Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Performing for the Pope was a huge accomplishment for Susan Boyle, but on yesterday’s (Oct. 19) episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the singer gave what Oprah called the biggest performance the show has ever seen.

Boyle took over Oprah’s stage with a 60-person choir to perform the Crowded House hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which appears on her second album “The Gift,” for Winfrey’s “The Next Big Thing” episode. All of the guests, including Boyle, 10-year-old “America’s Got Talent” sensation Jackie Evancho, and “You Light Up My Life” singer Debby Boone, were named as the “next big thing” when they first took the spotlight.

Boyle was 47 when she catapulted to fame in 2009 after her audition on “Britain’s Got Talent” went viral and paved the way for her debut album I Dreamed A Dream to start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 a little under a year ago with 701,000 and spent six weeks at the top. The album became the world’s top selling album last year.

You can also read more about The Gift at this earlier post of mine.

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David Beckham, despite his sometimes icy behavior, showed off his comic side and famous physique during a prank on The Ellen DeGeneres Show! And he is lauded for his performance and self-control for not bursting out in laughter during the prank.

David Beckham

The 35-year-old recently had some fun at the expense of an unsuspecting masseuse, who had to deal with his diva demands. It is a candid camera sort of prank that had audiences in stitches.

With Ellen feeding him exactly what to say through an earpiece, David went shirtless, told the masseuse to call him Ricky, asked her to not use her thumbs, and made her sing during the session all while a hidden camera was rolling.

This video is hilarious and proves David can be very sporting when it comes to playing the ball fool once in a while.

Check out the awesome clip!

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A young Filipino singing sensation has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. She has been dubbed the most talented girl in the world by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Her self-titled international debut album, released in May 2010, peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, making her the first Asian in history to achieve such a feat. Her real name is Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco but she is known as Charice Pempengco to the world.

Charice Pempengco

From a very young age, she began competing in amateur singing contests. In 2005, she joined Little Big Star, a Philippines talent show loosely patterned after the American Idol. She was eliminated after her first performance but was later called back as a wildcard contender and finished in third place based on text voting.

She continued making minor appearances on local television shows and TV commercials but had essentially fallen out of the limelight. Her break come in 2007 when an avid fan posted a series of her videos on YouTube under the username FalseVoice. These videos garnered millions of views, making Charice an internet phenomenon. She caught the attention of Ten Songs Production, a recording company based in Sweden. In June 2007, she flew to Stockholm and recorded seven songs, including Whitney Houstons I Will Always Love You, Kate Bushs Running Up That Hill and Shakespeare Sisters Stay as well as original songs Amazing, All The Money In The World, Born To Love You Forever and “It Can Only Get Better.

A few months later, Charices rendition of Dreamgirls And I Am Telling You Im Not Going was posted on YouTube by FalseVoice. It impressed someone at one of South Koreas biggest television network and Charice was invited in October 2007 to perform on the networks talent show Star King. Her jaw-dropping rendition of And I Am Telling You Im Not Going floored the audience. Many viewers posted her performance on YouTube, paving the way for Charice to gain massive exposure on American television. Her Star King performance was featured on E!s The Daily Ten TV network. The Ellen DeGeneres show featured her Star King performance on its November 28, 2007 episode. Sit back and enjoy her performance on December 19, 2007 on the Ellen DeGeneres show as she sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and “I Will Always Love You”.

Since then, she has made numerous television appearances worldwide including a couple of appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show. Josh Groban gushed that Charices voice is one of the most beautiful voices he has heard in a long time. Her vocal quality has been compared with those of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She performed a duet with Celine Dion on September 15 2008. They sang Because You Loved Me which was dedicated to Charices mother. The performance won rave reviews in The New York Post and The New York Times. And the duet was featured on the September 19 2008 episode of the Oprah Winfrey show.

On June 21, 2010, she landed a role in the hit US television show Glee as a recurring character on its second season. She will reportedly play the role of a foreign exchange student with astounding vocals. The sky is really the limit for this dimunitive girl from Philippines!

The US hit television show "Glee"

Her performance of “Pyramid” featuring Iyaz has received over 12 millions views …it is a lovely song……enjoy!

To cap it all, see her performing the US national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of 57,099 people at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the Dodgers’ 2009 Opening Day pregame ceremony.

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A 12-year old boys sixth grade festival performance has become so blistering viral that it has achieved almost 10 million YouTube views in just a fortnight. Meet Greyson Michael Chance.

Greyson performed Lady Gagas Paparazzi for his schools sixth grade festival and posted his performance on YouTube. The blogosphere went wild and Greyson became an instant sensation.

Greysons family got a call from Ellen DeGeneres who flew them out to Los Angeles for a spot on her show. DeGeneres set up the surprise by asking Greyson why he admires Gaga. Shes probably my No. 1 inspiration because I love how shes so different, Greyson said. She takes her individuality, and she takes the amazing talent that she has and she makes just great songs that are catchy and they make you want to dance and maybe throw out some Ellen moves.

Well, we have somebody on the line right now, Ellen said. Hi, Greyson! Gaga exclaimed, as Greyson took in the surprise. Hi, Miss Gaga! he replied. Gaga offered a few words of advice for the 12-year-old: Everyone loves you so much, so keep following your dreams and work really hard, and stay away from girls, and be focused.

Dont be nervous today, she added. You already won over everybodys hearts

Greyson Chance with Ellen on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

Pop Sensation Lady Gaga

On his YouTube profile, Greyson posts that Lady Gaga is a freak but she has so much talent and her style of music is what I would like mine to be when I grow older. He has also posted his performances of Stars and Broken Hearts on YouTube. Broken Hearts is one of his original songs. The young prodigy plays the piano like a young maestro and is inspired by the band Augustana.

Greyson can be found on YouTube under the profile name greyson97. He joined YouTube in April 2010 and was ranked as #1 for the most subscribed-to member for the month on YouTube.

What makes Greyson Chance stand out from the crowd is his emotion as he performs. He appears to feel the music. He performs songs that would typically be more appropriate for someone much older. This is definitely a soon-to-be megastar. Remember his name again.Greyson Michael Chance. You will be hearing a lot about him in the coming months!

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