'American Idol' reveals its season 9 exit song: Will Young's 'Leave Right Now'

American Idol is going back to its roots for its 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. Thematically speaking, it’s probably the harshest and most succinctly titled adieu, so brace yourself for the sight of sobbing singers as Mr. Young croons the words “I think I better leave right now/ I’m feeling weaker and weaker/ Somebody better show me out/ Before I fall any deeper/ I think I better leave right now.” Then again, at least it’s not Jojo’s “Leave (Get Out).”

Too harsh? Just right? Make you long for a Carrie Underwood cover of “Home Sweet Home”? Sound off in the comments below, but before you do, sign up to follow EW’s Music Mix blog on Twitter @EWMusicMix. And to get all my Idol updates, follow me as well @EWMichaelSlezak. Related: A recap of last night’s American Idol — ‘Man-ick Depression.’

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  • Nshi

    It’s better than, “You’re such a failure” or “Yo Mama hates you”

    • kellybelly

      This song is harsh. Don’t like the guy- Will Young. The refrain, I guess is okay, which is what they’ll play probably.
      But why can’t we have an american singer exit song for “American Idol”.

      • anh0976

        Its because Simon use to Judge Pop Idol.. I like the song. And it will bring me great pleasure to see Tim Urban cry to it when he gets voted off.. Tim sucks

  • Heidi

    Its a bit harsh but after suffering through AI the past two nights I’m surprisingly okay with harsh. I would have preferred Kris Allen’s “Let It Rain”.

    • Hannah

      Aw, that would have been nice!

    • Quirky

      Actually after last night I’d be fine if they had no exit song at all and just dropped the singer through a trap door, never to be seen again.

  • Bob

    No Kris Allen “Let It Rain”? :(

    • kct

      I was thinking that would be a great exit song, as well.

    • kiki

      This song is bad but don’t torture them with having to listen to Kris strain his way through a song! Worst idol vocalist ever!!

      • anonymous

        Go back to your middle school.

      • shauna

        Back to your herd, sparkle cow.

      • barb

        are you as dumb as you sound? did you even half listen to his rendition of let it be last night? it was AMAZING.

      • Tone Deaf

        Your hearing is in need of being checked, or you are just what I listed above.

      • Shirley

        I think Kris done a great job on his song LET IT BE. He is a great performer and he shows us what a idol is suppose to be.

      • eugene555

        I love this song. I bought it. And I think that Will has a great sense of humor. I saw him sing this song live and he sounded great. And so funny talking to the people on the show.

  • psychoanalyzer

    He won Pop Idol? Wow… Our group doesn’t look so bad anymore!

    • MB Chicago

      You have no idea – he was brilliant, and still is.

      • Allison

        Doesn’t sound it on this track.

    • Bob

      He won through charisma, charm and an ability to build a song the way it needs and to be wonderful while doing it. Not a single bum note throughout the run of the series. Nearly 10 years on and the man is still following his own easy listening/jazz/blues quirky as all hell route. His music may not be to your style but the talent behind it is undeniable which is why he’s won so many awards and a lasting career.

  • Monica242

    It probably won’t be the boot song for the top 12, they usually have a different one for that part of the competition.

    • kct

      I hope you are right. This song is awful. Maybe Kara should pen the exit song in lieu of the coronation song. Just a thought…

  • Ed

    I actually was hoping that Kelly Clarkson’s “Save You” would be the exit song. It’s great, and I think the chorus would be fitting.

    • a person

      never thought of that! but your right it would have been a perfect exit song!

    • Kaz

      That would actually be a good pick ….. the chorus would be fitting!

  • Vada

    I was hoping for Kris Allen’s ‘Let It Rain’. It would have been perfect, and inspiring. Why kick the losers when they are down?

  • Mike

    Ugh, I know that feeling. Whenever I show up to an art exhibition everything just goes to hell in a handbasket!!! lol, this guy can’t act and I was physically cringing at the beginning of the video but by the end I was just laughing hysterically.

  • TV Tam

    Wow, this guy won Pop Idol? He’s awful.

    • Nat

      I know, right? I’m British. I voted for the other guy. But then he wasn’t that great either.
      Seriously, AI is so much better.

  • Mary

    I’m not sure if I like; sounds more like a stalker obsession song. I think there must be a more suitable song then this, it is kinda of depressing. Maybe I will feel differently after It plays a few times, but I don’t think so.

  • Talk of Fame

    Getting a kick out of how he fakes us out with the exit at 1:11!

  • Miranda

    What a horrible choice! So insulting to the contestants. Why not choose one of Kris Allen’s songs? This vocal is very annoying.

  • David Waters

    How about So you’ve had a bad day?


    • Lydia

      I think we already ran that movie

  • JennaD

    is this a joke? this song is..no. just…no.

  • Mary

    If we have to get stuck with this song, they should at least have an American Idol sing it. They should promote AMERICAN IDOL NOT Pop Idol.

    • mary2

      You’d never of had American Idol- if their weren’t a Pop idol!
      Pop idol isn’t even on TV anymore! We have X-factor- which is again being stolen from us and going to Fox with Simon on panel and producing.
      Perhaps America should get some original programming- or just easily enough steel British formats.

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