This celebrity goo was created by player Lori Lancaster.
Scott Hardie provided the source image, gooed image, and category, wrote the clue, and wrote the explanation.

publication date: Saturday, January 30, 2010 (part of Round XLII)

category: Fads

clue: This terrible singer's overnight popularity was the surprise of the century.

explanation: Hung badly auditioned on American Idol but became a fan favorite anyway. When he said that he had no formal training, Simon Cowell called it "the surprise of the century." more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Jesse King, and Melissa Anderson


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