As the first winner of Britain’s “Pop Idol,” Will Young was never voted off and, therefore, was never played off the stage with a goodbye song. Now, however, he’s up close and person with the “American Idol” season-nine exit song: It’s his track “Leave Right Now.”
“It’s brilliant,” chuckled Young, who has sold more than 8 million records. “I haven’t released in America before, so I’m really happy, because my song is now on the biggest show in America. And it’s played every week. I’ve watched it over here a couple of times when I can, and I think it sounds great on the show.”
Back in 2002, the 31-year-old Brit won “Pop Idol,” the show that launched the mega-popular “Idol” franchise, which has brought us budding superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson.
He’s hoping to build on the momentum of his “Idol” exit song, releasing a digital album in May and following that up with his first real working visit Stateside. So far on the docket are a few live shows, a few taped TV performances and, he’s hoping, a chance to head over to the “American Idol” stage.
Still, he’s just grateful for his “Idol” opportunity and hopes to make as big a splash in the U.S. as he’s made worldwide. As for his tune, he couldn’t have picked a better calling card for American ears.
“Funny enough, the song is more about taking yourself out of a situation, so in a way, I’m telling myself to leave, which is almost the harder thing to do,” he explained. “I think that’s what it is about, that song. So many people have experienced that. You’re coming back, and you think, ‘I really shouldn’t be in the situation, but here I am again.’ You know, that awful feeling where your heart has been broken once and you don’t know if you can do it again. That’s what that song is about. And that’s why I always love performing it.”
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