William Hung found his fame as a contestant on American Idol in 2004. Hung shares his story about turning an embarrassing defeat into a championship opportunity. His new book, Champion by Choice, shares his story and insights on how you can apply his lessons learned to create wins in your own life.

William Hung

A motivational speaker and professional optimist, William is proof that the underdog can succeed when you rise above the haters and choose to be happy.

William has appeared on media outlets like FOX, ABC, CNN, and NBC and in such publications as Rolling Stone, TIME, and USA Today. He was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Born in Hong Kong, William now resides in Los Angeles.

Champion by Choice – From Being Laughed at to Success

William Hung pursued his dream to be a singer on the show American Idol. He was practically laughed out of the audition. Rather than become another embarrassing hallmark of the show. The world chose William to be a hero, and in turn, William chose to leverage the attention to create success. 

Hung’s story is proof that dreams can come true. Although his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” never did make it to Hollywood, he overcame the odds to define his own version of success with a three-year career performing in front of large crowds and now speaking across the globe inspiring others.

In this refreshingly upbeat memoir, William offers “Three Cs” to live by:

  • Communication
  • Context
  • Connection

For anyone who’s been booed off the stage of life, William will inspire you to tap into your true potential, turn negativity into something amazing, and reach for the stars.

Resources and Links

Go to William Hung’s website WillHung.com to learn more about speaking engagements, the book, and more!

TEDxWatts Talk Turning Failure Into Success 

The Original audition on American Idol 


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