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William Hung Who? Asian American Popstars in LA

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The LA-based, music production/management company Xperimental Entertainment is trying to break the William Hung stigma attached to Asian American pop singers by conducting its own American Idol-type contest on its website.

The site features live performances of 10 Asian American singer/musician finalists. Voters can cast ballots once every 24 hours for their favs. Unlike its AI counterpart, there isn’t a Ryan Seacrest in sight, and some of the contestants choose to accompany themselves with piano or guitar and sing original material (which sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t).

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What’s similar between the two contests is the cheesiness factor of song selection. The singers who pick covers choose the same old songs – Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools,” Stevie Wonder’s “Lately,” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and a lot of power ballads. But hey, all of them sound a heck of a lot better than that Bucky dude still on AI right now.

The new Asian American pop star winner will be announced on the night of May 6 at the finale at the Scottish Rite Auditorium – without a William Hung in sight.