Fuse Hung Up on Failed Idol

2/19/2004 5:57 AM Eastern

William Hung has gone from American Idol wanna-be to cult hero to a recording contract.

Rainbow Media Holdings Inc.’s Fuse and Koch Entertainment LLC presented Hung with a record contract and music-video-production deal Wednesday night.

Hung’s rendition of Ricky Martin’s "She Bangs" has become an Internet phenomenon (

"As the underdog music-video network, Fuse instantly identified with William's drive to do his best and 'have no regrets at all,'" Fuse president Marc Juris said in a prepared statement.

"Every one of us is joyfully guilty of singing our favorite song at the top of our lungs with wild abandon, all the while completely off-key and uninhibited," he added. "That's what William did, and he instantly won the hearts of America."

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