Idol Elimination Song: Will Young’s “Leave Right Now”

According to Idol Chatter:

American Idol isn’t beating around the bush with eliminated contestants this season. The new departure song, which premieres tonight, is Leave Right Now by Will Young. Young, a recording artist with Idol producer 19 Entertainment, was the first winner of Idol precursor Pop Idol in the UK. Leave Right Now was No. 1 on the UK singles charts.

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I’m guessing this will only be for the semi-final round? Usually Idol uses several goodbye songs during the course of the season.

UPDATE 2: American Idol news is announcing “Leave Right Now” as THE boot song HERE. The producers should have kept it in the American Idol family.

UPDATE: Season 8 Semi-finals had no boot song–contestants were advanced rather than eliminated.  Carrie Underwood’s cover of  Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” debuted as the boot song Top 13 week.

in Season 7, Graham Colton’s single “Best Days” off the album “Here Right Now” was used as the boot song during the semi-finals.  Ruben Studdard’s cover of  Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” did not debut until the Top 12.

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69 Comments

  1. Why do I think they may have quickly switched to this song just after the entire top 24 had sung for the first time, lol?

  2. Went to Amazon (using mj’s link) and the song’s available as an MP3 download. The track’s on an album called “Friday’s Child.” Judging from the clip, it’s kind of singer-songwriter-ish.

  3. Leave right now? That is so rude! :) That’s not a good title of a song for kicking people off Idol! :) I miss the original song they had. Oh shoot I’m blocking the song and name of the person out! DOH! What’s his name? Powder? :) GAH!

  4. Lovely. I like it.

    Lyrics:
    “Leave Right Now”

    [Verse 1]
    I’m here just like I said
    Though its breaking every rule I’ve ever made
    My racing heart is just the same
    Why make it strong to break it once again?
    And I’d love to say I do
    Give everything to you
    But I can never now be true
    So I say…

    [Chorus]
    I think I’d better leave right now
    Before I fall any deeper
    I think I’d better leave right now
    Feeling weaker and weaker
    Somebody better show me out
    Before I fall any deeper
    I think I’d better leave right now

    [Verse 2]
    I’m here so please explain
    Why you’re opening up a healing wound again
    I’m a little more careful
    Perhaps it shows
    But if I lose the highs, at least I’m spared the lows
    Bridge
    Now I tremble in your arms
    What could be the harm
    To feel my spirit calm
    So I say..

    [Repeat Chorus]

    [Middle 8]
    I wouldn’t know how to say
    How good it feels seeing you today
    I see you’ve got your smile back
    Like you say your right on track
    But you may never know why
    Once bitten twice is shy
    If I’m proud perhaps I should explain
    I couldn’t bear to lose you again

    [Repeat Chorus]

    Yes I will…

    [Repeat Chorus]

  5. ew.

    I sure hope this song is binned once we hit top 12, cause i’d sure hate to hear lisp-boy singing every week until May.

  6. Not a fan of the song. And the title is maybe a wee bit too much to the point?

    So yeah, hope they use another song later.

  7. The USA Today article isn’t clear, but there probably is a boot song for the Top 12, more than likely recorded by one of the US Idols.

  8. the chorus is perfect. the verses don’t work at all. I guess they’ll put retrospective footage with sound over the verses. It’s kind of a wimpy song–frankly, I’m surprised that it was No. 1 in the UK–but the lyrics of the chorus are absolutely perfect for departees.

    The USA Today article isn’t clear, but there probably is a boot song for the Top 12, more than likely recorded by one of the US Idols.

    That would be great.

  9. *

    mj:
    02/25/2010 at 5:00 pm

    The USA Today article isn’t clear, but there probably is a boot song for the Top 12, more than likely recorded by one of the US Idols.

    Hope you’re Right! Not really liking this one. Its the song not the singer.

  10. Junior:

    cause i’d sure hate to hear lisp-boy singing every week until May.

    Junior who is lisp boy?

  11. Wasn’t impressed with Will Young when he sang on the first AI finale and this song isn’t doing much to change my mind.

  12. Not a fan and that video was creepy to me. He sounds like a BeeGees wannabee.

  13. Didn’t Kris Allen once tweet a while ago that he was recording a song for a tv show, and some thought it might be the Idol boot song? Or was it discovered to be for something else?

  14. Maybe in his tweet Kris was saying he recorded Let It Be – isn’t that going to be available on iTunes for Haiti charity, and he will sing it on TV tonight too.

  15. What?? Why in the world would they not use an Idol song? It’s the perfect way to rise sales of one of 19’s artists. I was pulling for Jordin Sparks’s “faith”. There are tons of good choices though in the Idol family.

    And “Leave Right Now”? Yikes.

  16. This is one of my most favorite songs ever!! However,
    it is unfair for this beautiful song by a very talented singer to have a link to such negative image. I still cannot forget the moment of chill
    when I first heard the song on radio.

    “Friday’s Child” is a great album I listened again and again…almost a whole year of…2003? (Long time ago). I don’t live in UK anymore but I hope he is doing well now.

    (This year, the position was taken by “FYE”!)

    Sorry for my English but I could not help giving
    a little support here for Will!

  17. What?? Why in the world would they not use an Idol song? It’s the perfect way to rise sales of one of 19’s artists. I was pulling for Jordin Sparks’s “faith”. There are tons of good choices though in the Idol family.

    Will Young is signed to 19. He’s just not a product of the American version of Idol.

    And Jordin is not a 19 artist.

    But we agree that they will want to give the regular boot song to a 19 artist and former Idol, so my money is on Cookie. Ruben, Carrie, and Daughtry have all done it already, so my bet is on him. Well and I hope it is, so that may be colouring my view on it.

  18. Wasn’t Will Young the first first Idol winner? And since this is Simon’s last season with the Idol franchise, full circle and all that, I guess. Still, I agree with everyone else that it should have been an AI alum. :/ Personally, I think they should have just let Taylor record a cover of “Hit the road, Jack” and dedicate it to Simon. :D

  19. I like Will Young, and I like the song, but it sucks that 19 is promoting one of their acts from the UK instead of one of the previous winners from American Idol. I wonder if this is another sign that they are going to try and market Will in the US.

  20. But we agree that they will want to give the regular boot song to a 19 artist and former Idol, so my money is on Cookie. Ruben, Carrie, and Daughtry have all done it already, so my bet is on him. Well and I hope it is, so that may be colouring my view on it.

    The EW.com article says that this will be the song that they use through the end of the season, but I hope that information is wrong.

  21. I had heard a lot about Will Young, however, I had never heard him sing. My ears had been lucky.

    IMHO, Kris’s Let it Rain would have been the perfect boot song.

  22. The EW.com article says that this will be the song that they use through the end of the season, but I hope that information is wrong.

    There is an EW article?I’ve just seen the AINow thing where they said it was the song for the whole show. And they’re not always right, I hope this is one of those times they aren’t.

    What a bad choice if it is.

  23. Or adam’s …aftermath…or nvrmnd

    wait,this is the PERMANENT song? EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! worst decision ever!!

    Now,I just have to listen to it ;)

  24. Yuck. I don’t like the song and have never liked Will’s voice.

  25. I think I’d better leave right now
    Before I fall any deeper
    I think I’d better leave right now
    Feeling weaker and weaker
    Somebody better show me out
    Before I fall any deeper
    I think I’d better leave right now

    Really? I thought they liked to send contestants home with a song that looks at the positive of going home, without painting their time on Idol as a negative experience to run from… which is what this sounds like. I always thought that’s why they didn’t use David Cook’s Life on the Moon last year, even though it fit the contestants experience, because it may be a little bit more negative than a boot song oughtta be… guess that’s not a criteria.

    Here in this crowd I’m feeling all alone
    Turn me around and point me back to home
    I’m getting lost more everyday and I can’t tear myself away
    From the stars in my eyes with no light

  26. babybelle32:
    02/25/2010 at 6:08 pm

    I like Will Young, and I like the song, but it sucks that 19 is promoting one of their acts from the UK instead of one of the previous winners from American Idol. I wonder if this is another sign that they are going to try and market Will in the US.

    I agree wasn’t Susan Boyle enough. J/K :mrgreen: Maybe they are trying an international cross market kind of promo. Susan and Will here. Adam, Kris (hopefully) Allison over there. Someone did Say Adam is going to by on SYTYCD Australia. So maybe that is their Idea for a cross promotion. Putting across the pond Contestants from various show on Various shows owned by 19 on the other side of the ocean. Smart really if you think about it. But because it worked for Susan (that horrendous singer from Scottland ;-) J/K ) doesn’t mean it will work for all the others. Just my take and MHO.

  27. The song is ok(I don’t really like it), but the lyrics are very innapropriate “I think I shoul leave right now”?LOL,rrly???

    Btw,is AI @ 8?

  28. From ew.com

    http://music-mix.ew.com/2010/02/25/american-idol-season-9-exit-song/

    A 19 Entertainment spokesperson confirms that “Leave Right Now,” by Will Young (the winner of season one of AI’s British predecessor Pop Idol), will help usher out booted contestants beginning with tonight’s initial semifinal results show all the way through the end of May.

    Sony really does seem to be making an effort to promote their artists to other countries. They are doing the same thing with the UK group JLS, who will be represented through Jive. But, I don’t think the AI boot song is the best way to introduce people to Will. The song is good, but in this context it just doesn’t work.

  29. but it sucks that 19 is promoting one of their acts from the UK instead of one of the previous winners from American Idol.

    Eh. The American Idols will get plenty of idol-related promo opportunities. If they are trying to break this guy in the US it makes sense.

  30. The title is definitely rude. I wonder if they’re also going to have a trap door that they fall into when their name is announced. This is AMERICAN idol, after all, I don’t care IF Simon is importing his show. It’s not here yet. I agree that Kris’ “Let it Rain,” would be perfect. At least it talks about hope.

  31. Kris’s Let it Rain would have been the perfect boot song.

    Yes! either this or Adam’s Broken Open (they all do cry) or Allison Scars (it is a hurtful moment that does leave a mark on ones ego and soul) Or even Adam’s Sure Fire Winners (to reinforce that idea that they are all winners for even making it that far) (of course we all know that is just smoke up the butt rhetoric) But if they are going to be so advert in the don’t let the door kick you in the butt then I say Daughty’s You don’t Belong! :mrgreen: (or the nicer gentler Get me through)

  32. Will Young is signed to 19. He’s just not a product of the American version of Idol.

    And Jordin is not a 19 artist.

    My bad, I forgot she was dropped. Still though, I don’t get why they wouldn’t keep it in the AI family.

  33. I actually like the song. And I’m not married to the boot song HAVING to be done by a US Idol alum. This guy *is* Idol-related, just not to the American version. I mean, the “biggest” boot song so far wasn’t done by an Idol at all.

    And yeah, my first thought was that I bet 19 is getting ready to try to break Will Young in the US.

  34. Sony really does seem to be making an effort to promote their artists to other countries. They are doing the same thing with the UK group JLS, who will be represented through Jive. But, I don’t think the AI boot song is the best way to introduce people to Will. The song is good, but in this context it just doesn’t work.

    Thanks for bringing the article over, I missed it. And yes, I agree, seems like they are trying to break Will Young here and doing this to help them.

    I don’t think it will work with Will Young, this song and video are not going to help with that. And the title is a bit unfortunate for it’s purpose. In addtion I think that this is a waste of an opportunity that could have been better spent by Sony on someone like Cookie. But again, that is probably just my personal bias speaking. Well besides that really, I think Cookie is a better investment. Have him do the song and put it on his new album. I think he could do a good job making a song that could fit in with his vision, that could still be used here. I mean, Daughtry had a song that fit onto his album, and this.

    Okay, I’m done being a bitter fan who wanted it for Cookie. Next year though, I’m totally calling it for him already.

  35. This is American Idol, they should promote AI people, whoever it is and not get somebody from UK Pop Idol.
    Very disappointed. We have plenty of talent here. WTH !!

    Edit: Just read the title and several verses. I feel so sorry for the booted contestant. Ouch.

  36. I think we need to post our thoughts on the AI site under their article. Maybe they’ll listen and not keep this song for the whole time. We can only hope…

  37. This song is terrible. I honestly was never impressed with Will Young. Not to mention the music video is weird. In a bad way. And, how does it even relate to the song at all?

    “But if I lose the highs, at least I spared the lows”
    No. If you’re voted off most likely you dealt with some serious lows. And the whole song (in the context of idol) is basically saying “This competition isn’t right for me, and I’m leaving so I won’t have to suffer anymore.”

  38. This video is very painful to watch it’s so bad. I had to turn it off. I do not like this song at all.

  39. In a way I’m ok with it going to Will and not someone from Idol. There’s so much fanwarring going on amongst various fanbases this feels like neutral territory if that makes any sense.

  40. In a way I’m ok with it going to Will and not someone from Idol. There’s so much fanwarring going on amongst various fanbases this feels like neutral territory if that makes any sense.

    I totally agree.

  41. i really like it! Kinda has a Take That vibe to it. And personally I’ll be happy if someone other than Cook/Allen/Lambert is selected. I’ve had it with the fan wars. Sick.of.it.

  42. And about this video, while I admire it in the British TV shows and movies I watch, dude, if you’re going to try and make it in the US and show a scene of fashionistas and artistas, making them all dressed plain and average looking, is not going to work. That’s not how we roll in the US. So to the Sony dudes selling this guy, embrace the pretty. Anything else will just confuse us. I mean, even our teeth alone should tell you how we do things around these here parts.

    Oh and Will makes Kris and Adam look like they should win awards for their video acting in comparison. And Will? keep the jacket on. I don’t need your male version of headlights on.

  43. That’s weird! I totally bought his albums and I’m familiar w this song. I’ve always liked Wills voice, but I can understand why a lot of ppl don’t care for it. But, I’m stoaked for it!

  44. Oh and Will makes Kris and Adam look like they should win awards for their video acting in comparison.

    Huh I assumed both Kris and Adam were going be nominated for numerous acting awards for their performance in their videos, regardless of Will’s inferior acting skills. J/K (Actually Adam was not bad in For Your Entertainment. That I think is his best video of the 3 that have been done. TFM WWFM FYE) Tee hee tee hee tee hee. (Yes I am a blinded by idolization fan of the two of them…sometimes…. Especially the not so important stuff.)

  45. Oh and Will makes Kris and Adam look like they should win awards for their video acting in comparison. And Will? keep the jacket on. I don’t need your male version of headlights on.

    That video is about 6 years old .. Will has actually done some stage and film acting since to great reviews .. includig playing alongside a few well respected British actor such as Dame Judy Dench ad Bob Hoskins

    Personally I love Will Young’s voice, he’s a great live performer and has lasted a lot longer than most reality show winners and I really like Leave Right Now (although I admit that the video for it is a bit dull)

    One of my favourite Will videos was his skit on Top Gun for “Switch It On”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZrxBIo0OeY

  46. Did they use this tonight? I swear I watched the elimination montage but I didn’t even notice the song. Guess that means I didn’t hate it, but it can’t be good that I don’t even remember if they played it.

  47. Did they use this tonight? I swear I watched the elimination montage but I didn’t even notice the song. Guess that means I didn’t hate it, but it can’t be good that I don’t even remember if they played it.

    yes they used it but not the proper full version .. just using the odd selected lines of the lyric with a large sections of just music

    I love Will’s live version of it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzW_j383isE

  48. Never heard of this guy before now and when the song began, I was reading the comments and had to scroll up to the video to see if it was a man or woman singing. Don’t like the video or the song.

  49. Never heard of this guy before now and when the song began, I was reading the comments and had to scroll up to the video to see if it was a man or woman singing. Don’t like the video or the song.

    I heard it and at first it was a girl singing. I thought it was very nasally. Don’t like it at all. It should be Let It Rain. :(

  50. Ouch, one or two harsh comments for Will there, lol.
    I know this thread is probably done and dusted now, but I couldn’t stop by without voicing a little bit of support for the lovely Mr. Young. He was, after all, the very first winner of any Idol show. And the first gay winner as it happens. Blazing a trail for future contestants perhaps?
    Here’s a clip of him performing Grace on the X Factor a couple of series ago, with a bit of backstory about his Idol “journey”.

    Check out Simon’s bouffant hairdo at the beginning.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks1Y_6P66-4

    I always find his songs have really catchy hooks, so give it a few weeks and you might find yourself humming along to this one.
    …….It could happen, lol.

    He’s well known for his quirky videos. I think “Leave Right Now” was all filmed in one take.
    The production values are probably a tad higher on this one!
    “The Game”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6OcF3rnRaQ

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