“American Idol” is offering up some tough love to eliminated contestants this year with the new farewell song “Leave Right Now.” The tune is from Will Young, who was the inaugural winner of “Pop Idol,” the British show that inspired “American Idol.”
The song will debut Thursday (February 25) on “Idol,” when the first four top 24 contestants get the boot. Aside from the results, the show will also feature performances from Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta and footage from Allen’s recent trip to earthquake-ravaged Haiti .
While the “Leave Right Now” title sounds pretty harsh (don’t let the door hit ya!), the chorus isn’t quite so severe, with the lyrics “I think I better leave right now/ Before I fall any deeper/ I think I better leave right now/ Feeling weaker and weaker.”
Choosing Young’s song follows in the tradition of keeping the exit anthem in the “Idol” family. Last year’s song was Carrie Underwood’s cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home.” Other “Idol” alumni who have provided the farewell theme include Chris Daughtry, whose “Home” played as season-six singers took their final bow, and season-two winner Ruben Studdard’s cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” in 2008.
Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” turned into a huge digital hit in 2006 when it was picked as the season-five walk-off tune.
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