LOS ANGELES (CBS) —He’s no Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson or Carrie Underwood, but he may just be the greatest musician of all time, according to LA Weekly.
Who? William Hung.
Many will never forget the then 20-year-old UC Berkeley student belting out “She Bangs!” by Ricky Martin as he auditioned in 2003 for American Idol.
The magazine crowned Hung “the greatest musician of all time, in any genre, beating out luminaries including Beethoven, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Guido D’Arezzo, the guy who invented sheet music.”
The magazine didn’t say how Hung sprung to greatness, but one thing we know is that is wasn’t because he had the voice of an angel.
But his voice did earn him 15-minutes of fame. Hung’s stint on the talent show earned him TV and movie roles, several gigs “singing” the National Anthem and the opportunity to release three of his own albums covering pop songs.
And no, those albums didn’t go gold.
Nine seasons of “Idol” later, Hung is out of the limelight. And while many thought his singing and dancing were criminal, these days he works with criminals in a whole different way. Hung now works as a statistical analyst for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, computing the probability of crimes across the city, LA Weekly reports.