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The phrase refers to the condition where an American Idol contestant, with no talent, goes on the show hoping to acquire fifteen minutes of fame (or infamy). This phenomenon does not specify whether the contestant has an accurate self-perception of how terrible they are.

American Idol producers rely on this percentage of the contestant population to put together the first few shows of each season.
How can she actually think she would make it to Hollywood? It must be the William Hung Effect
by e009 January 16, 2007
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