William Hung Ponders New ‘American Idol’ Tryout

Star magazine spoke with ‘American Idol’ reject William Hung and asked if the petition lobbying him to get back on the show next season would work. “I don’t know if I could go back — it’s too early to say,” Hung said. “If bangs with me, I’ll do it.” Asked what he’d sing the next time around, Hung responded, “Something different. Everyone knows me for that song. I’d like to do ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ by Elton John. I like Phil Collins, too.”

‘Idol’ Diana DeGarmo Sweet At 16

February 24, 2004 – ‘American Idol’ finalist Diana DeGarmo spoke with TV Guide Online about getting on the show after making a trip from Georgia to Honolulu to audition. The 16-year-old admits she’s a fan of the not so friendly judge Simon Cowell. “I think Mr. Simon is a softie at heart,” she said with a giggle. “He’s not afraid to give his opinion, though. It wasn’t that enjoyable when he said I was too cutesy, but it wasn’t that bad. Considering what he said to other people, I’ll take it! Luckily, he hasn’t said anything like that since, which is really nice.”

Simon Cowell’s TV Guide Interview Discussed

February 19, 2004 – Michael Ausiello of TV Guide was on the Fox News Channel to talk about his interview with ‘American Idol’ judge Simon Cowell, who had tough words for last season’s champ, Ruben Studdard. The also talked about the fame of William Hung, who is horrible, and the extremely bad bunch of singers that were on this week’s show. Ausiello predicted that Fantasia Barrino would be this season’s winner. FoxNews.com has since removed the video.

Is Randy Jackson The Next Simon Cowell?

February 18, 2004 – Randy Jackson came to ‘Extra’ to come clean about the Tuesday night massacre on ‘American Idol’ and why he’s sounding a lot more like Simon Cowell these days, with one verbal assault after another. “In the group last night there were three people who definitely should have sung a lot better,” Jackson said. “It is about greatness, it’s about finding the next superstar, and it is not about mediocre talent. It angers you sometimes.”

How ‘Idol’ Beat The Grammys In The Ratings Game

February 12, 2004 – CNN’s ’90-Second Pop, Culture Watch’ on ‘American Morning’ featured the guests talking about how ‘American Idol’ manages to get more viewers than the Grammy Awards did on Sunday. “I know. I know. Four million more. I mean, to me, I mean, it’s obviously enormously popular. But I think what ‘American Idol’ has that the Grammys doesn’t is Simon,” humorist Andy Borowitz responded. “I think Simon is the key, because actually when I was watching the Grammys, I was wishing Simon was there, especially when Sting was doing that tribute to the Beatles. I wanted to cut to Simon and have him say, you have no future in the music industry.” Read more.

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