Is William Hung the new Justin Hawkins?
An argument could be made that neither the “American Idol” reject nor the Darkness singer has the purest of voices, and now Hung is following Hawkins’ lead and donning a bodysuit a la Freddie Mercury.
William has even learned a few of Mercury’s signature poses, which he strikes in the video for his new rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.”
The video debuts Tuesday night (June 15) on the Game Show Network before the series premiere of “Extreme Dodgeball” and will be used to promote the network’s “Summer of Champions” campaign. A special live performance is also scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Universal Studios CityWalk in Universal City, California.
Hung’s label, Koch Records, is sending the song to radio on Wednesday and will release it on his second, still-untitled album, due in September.
“It’ll be a lot of great songs, both originals and covers,” Hung said recently about the album. “[Recording is] gonna be a much slower process than the first time. Right now I’m concentrating on just picking songs … starting to practice them and things like that.”
Aside from “We Are the Champions,” Hung refused to name any songs he plans to make over. “The producers have [submitted songs], the record company has some ideas and stuff, and we’ll see,” he said. “It’s still early — very, very early.”
To tide over his obsessive fans (his Web site is bombarded with marriage proposals almost daily), William is releasing a DVD, “Hangin’ With Hung,” on June 29.
The 108-minute DVD will feature Hung’s “She Bangs” video and footage from the making of it; behind-the-scenes footage of the Inspiration sessions; a TV special on the Hung phenomenon; and various performances.
Along with recording this summer, Hung is also heading to Singapore to shoot his first movie. Details on the project are being kept under wraps, but Hung said last month he wants his acting debut to be “something serious.”
“There’s a lot of things under consideration,” he added. “I can’t really spill the beans until I’ve already done it, you know?”
Inspiration debuted at #34 when it was released in April and was the top selling independent album of the week (see “William Hung Makes Top-40 Debut, Usher Holds Onto #1″ ). Hung’s response: “Incredible!”