50 Facts About Will Young

1. Will Young came in fifth place in World Idol performing the single "Light My Fire" written by the band the Doors.

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2. Will Young put his studies on hold in late 2001 to become a contestant on Pop Idol.

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3. Will Young was born into an affluent, middle-class family, whose paternal ancestry has strong ties to the British government and military services.

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4. At Horris Hill, Will Young was head chorister in the school choir, and at the age of nine he learned how to play the piano.

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5. Will Young became captain of the school's basketball and athletics teams, and represented the school in the triple jump, long jump, football and rugby.

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6. Will Young took a part-time job as a waiter at the Grand Cafe in Oxford, and became interested in environmental issues and local campaigning, joining a group called the Eco Society.

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7. Will Young passed his A-Levels the second time, earning As in Politics and Ancient History, and a B in English.

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8. In 1998 Will Young began studying politics at the University of Exeter, choosing the subject because, "I thought I should know more about what was going on in my country.

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9. Will Young took a work experience position at Sony Records to gain insight into the music industry.

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10. Will Young graduated in 2001 with a 2:2 bachelor's degree.

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11. In 1999 during his second year at university, Will Young watched an episode of This Morning and learned that the show was holding a competition to find members for a new boy band.

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12. On 29 May 1999, Will Young appeared on the programme and performed a short rendition of the Jackson 5 song, I'll Be There, in front of a panel of judges that included Simon Cowell, an artists and repertoire executive at BMG, and Kate Thornton, a former editor of Smash Hits, turned television presenter.

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13. Will Young was the final contestant the judges saw, and after a day of watching mostly poor performances they were not in the best spirits.

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14. Again, Will Young performed "Blame It on the Boogie", but the judges thought his overall performance was merely average.

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15. In October 2002, Will Young released his debut album, From Now On, which included "Evergreen" nominated in the Best single category in 2003 at the BRIT Awards and "Anything Is Possible".

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16. Will Young won his first BRIT Award in February 2003 as Best Breakthrough Artist.

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17. Will Young sang "Try Again", a song featured in Disney's 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, the 2003 direct-to-video sequel to Walt Disney's 1961 feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

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18. From 12 September until 2 October 2006, Will Young toured the UK with his Keep On Live tour, which included the songs taken from his album Keep On and a selection of past songs.

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19. In October 2006, Will Young sang at Nitin Sawhney's concert in the BBC Electric Proms series of concerts.

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20. Will Young was the headline act at the Proms in the Park, which took place in Hyde Park in September 2007 as part of the Last Night of the Proms.

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21. In September 2007, Will Young performed at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with the Vanguard Big Band.

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22. Will Young took part in the Little Noise Sessions, a series of intimate, acoustic gigs for the learning disability charity, Mencap.

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23. Will Young performed in November 2007 with special guests at Islington's Union Chapel.

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24. Will Young is to perform at various festivals during mid-2008, including Glastonbury, T in the Park in Scotland and Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

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25. In 2010, Will Young collaborated with Groove Armada on their album Black Light, singing vocals on the track 'History'.

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26. Will Young was featured on the cover of the US magazine Instinct.

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27. Will Young was told by someone at the record company to re-record his hit single "Leave Right Now" because he sounded too gay on the track.

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28. Will Young" was aired two days before the release of Echoes on ITV1 presented by Kate Thornton charting all of Young's greatest hits plus performing a few new tracks from the album.

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29. Will Young appeared on the third episode of the Jonathan Ross Show performing Hearts on Fire from Echoes to further promote the album.

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30. Will Young undertook a 23 date UK tour including 2 nights at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in Autumn 2011.

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31. The second single from Echoes was Come On released in November 2011, with the accompanying video featuring Will Young performing at a dog show.

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32. On Good Morning Britain, Will Young announced that he was recording his sixth studio album.

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33. Will Young released the lead single "All the Songs" from the album the same day and announced he would be embarking on a tour in October 2019 in support of the album.

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34. Will Young was to have a small role in the film as a reporter on the conflict as well as being Executive Producer, but it was decided that his appearance was a "distraction" and it did not make the final cut of the film.

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35. Will Young was awarded the What's on Stage award for London Newcomer of the Year.

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36. Will Young was nominated for the 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, but lost out to Michael Ball.

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37. Will Young was a guest on Top Gear during season 12 episode 2 and set the fastest wet lap around the track in the Chevrolet Lacetti.

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38. On 31 October 2011, Will Young was the guest host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

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39. In November 2004, Will Young presented a documentary entitled Runaways as part of the Children in Need campaign, highlighting the problems facing distressed teens who run away from home, and the plight they were in being picked up off the streets and railway stations by pimps who offered them work and drugs.

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40. In October 2007, Will Young narrated an audio version of the Roald Dahl novel Danny, the Champion of the World.

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41. Will Young was made a "Companion" of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2009.

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42. Will Young was invited to appear on Question Time after he revealed he was a fan of the show.

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43. Will Young participated in the edition from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, in February 2009 and March 2012.

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44. Together with Dame Helen Mirren, Helena Bonham Carter and Martin Freeman, Will Young appeared in a series of advertisements during the Christmas period 2007 for Oxfam; "Oxfam Unwrapped".

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45. Will Young is the ambassador for Mood Foundation, a charity which aims to build a database of private therapists and alternative therapies to treat various types of depressive conditions.

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46. Will Young is an ambassador for Catch22, a UK young people's charity, which supports young people in tough situations.

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47. On 18 April 2012, Will Young confirmed he would be releasing his first autobiography.

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48. Will Young is a longtime supporter of wildlife charities, including WWF.

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49. Will Young confirmed on 1 September 2020 during BBC2's Newsnight interview that his new book To Be a Gay Man would be published by Virgin Books on 3 September 2020.

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50. Will Young owns a 17th-century cottage in the middle of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, where he is a keen gardener.

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