Video: William Hung is back

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updated 5/24/2006 2:49:13 PM ET 2006-05-24T18:49:13

William Hung became an overnight sensation after performing his shockingly bad and endlessly entertaining rendition of Ricky Martin's song, “She Bangs” on “Idol” a couple years ago. 

Tucker Carlson got a breakdown of this year's finale with William Hung.  This is a transcript of their conversation. 

TUCKER CARLSON, HOST, "THE SITUATION":   You have actually been in the arena.  You've felt the blood, the sweat, and the tears of “American Idol” personally.  Who do you think is stronger, Taylor Hicks or Katharine McPhee?

WILLIAM HUNG, “AMERICAN IDOL” WANNABE:  I'm not sure.  It was very close last week. 

CARLSON:  Who do you think is fundamentally the stronger candidate, though?  Which one is more talented would you say?

HUNG:  I hope Katharine wins tomorrow. 

CARLSON:   What's your favorite performance been this season so far?

HUNG:  Favorite performance?  In terms of “American Idol”?

CARLSON:  Right, “American Idol.”

HUNG:  Well, there were at least four or five or six of them that the performance that really—really memorable.  I thought when Chris Daughtry sang “Walk the Line,” he did a great job on it. 

CARLSON:  So you join in the chorus of millions of American who say Chris Daughtry was robbed then?  Were you upset when he was booted off the show?

HUNG:  I was disappointed. 

CARLSON:  So what you doing now?  Tell us about your career.

HUNG:  Me?  I've been traveling and performing a lot.  As some of you may know, I was the artichoke king at the artichoke festival just this past weekend. 

CARLSON:  Yes, in Castorville, California, the artichoke capital of the world. 

HUNG:  Yes. 

CARLSON:  Do you keep in touch with the judges, with Paula Abdul or Simon Cowell?  Randy Jackson?

HUNG: I was able to see Randy quite a bit.  I also saw Paula a year ago or so at the Kids Choice kids awards. 

CARLSON:  I assume you watch “American Idol” regularly. Do you think that Simon Cowell has gotten meaner?  Gotten to be a tougher judge over the years?

HUNG:  I think he's just doing his job.  I think the producers are part of it, too. 

CARLSON:  Yes.  You think the producer pushes him to be mean?

HUNG:  Perhaps.  I'm not sure. 

CARLSON:  What's your favorite song to perform?

HUNG: I like “Achy Breaky Heart.”

I think, honestly, it's ironic to like William Hung.  And everyone is kind of laughing at you and laughing with you at the same time.  I think you're pretty good.  I think you're great, William Hung.

HUNG:  Thank you.

CARLSON:  I hope your third album sells well.  Thanks a lot for joining us tonight. 

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