Reality television sensation William Hung says he dislikes the decision to stop spotlighting “bad” auditions on the singing competition “American Idol.”
“The idea in terms of not putting out bad auditions, I don’t like it,” he told TMZ in an interview released Wednesday.
“The reason is because ‘American Idol’ is known for it’s unique, entertaining value by having those, let’s just say, ‘off-the-cuff, funky auditions,’” Hung added.
“I would think that less people watch, yes. I don’t know what they have in store, but if you don’t have something that’s unique, then it’s going to be very hard for them to stand out.”
“American Idol” will return to television this March on ABC after initially running on Fox from 2002 to 2016.
The program’s executive producer on Monday said its revival will not showcase the “bad” singing auditions of seasons past.
“You might have noticed in the past few years, we haven’t really majored on people who are really bad,” Trish Kinane said at ABC’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour Monday.
“[It’s] because one of the key things about the show is it shouldn’t ever feel manipulated or fake because 15 years ago, nobody had ever seen it and it was funny,” she continued.
“Viewers know now, they’ve all watched all these shows in 15 years, and it doesn’t feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up and laugh at them.”
ABC’s “American Idol” reboot will feature pop star Katy Perry, country singer Luke Bryan and musician Lionel Richie as its judges.
Hung became an unlikely celebrity during the third season of Fox’s “American Idol” following a spirited audition in 2003.
The singer’s rendition of singer Ricky Martin’s pop hit “She Bangs” helped Hung launch a brief musical career based on the strength of his cult following.