Nisha Gopalan
February 27, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ever since the American Idol judges watched in amused disbelief as WILLIAM HUNG, 21, flailed his way through the Ricky Martin song, a cult of sorts has grown up around the Berkeley engineering geek. ”I don’t believe I will be the next American Idol,” he says of petitions to get him back on the show, but confesses, ”I’m taking singing lessons now.”

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