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Will Young was the first winner of the worldwide Pop Idol franchise and now the owner of 2 BRIT awards from 12 nominations. He has written 3 books and acted in film, television and on stage where he has been nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Will’s Triple Platinum single “Evergreen” is the biggest selling song of the 2000s and the 14th best-selling of all time in the UK
02:09 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:27 Brian’s introduction.
06:14 2002, Will enters Pop Idol show with an innate sense of the future.
09:14 Boot camp for how to be a pop star.
10:13 Limited past experience.
12:25 Memories of sharing the joy of the 20 week Pop Idol experience.
15:12 When Will answered back to Simon Cowell, one of the biggest moments of his life.
15:54 Why he did it.
18:43 Is Simon Cowell a bully?
20:52 Touring with others from the show and coming out.
23:27 Publicly coming out back in 2002.
26:20 Being outspoken on LGBT issues for the younger generation.
30:56 Negative and positive decisions following winning Pop Idol.
33:05 Not managing his ego.
33:50 Is it possible to make music if not happy?
34:31 I think you are pretty unlikeable, Lois Evans tells Will.
35:43 How he never has a bad day at work.
37:54 Using the tennis ball technique.
39:20 True connection with the audience is a spiritual feeling.
42:06 Musicians sometimes feel a performance is an out of body experience.
43:00 PTSD, trauma, depersonalization, derealisation and hypervigilance suffering.
51:26 Limited benefit of medication.
53:08 Experiential therapies.
55:41 Will’s other artistic endeavours in film and a play.
59:29 Difference between performing in concert as yourself and acting a part in the theatre.
1:01:04 Why Will feels more vulnerable in the pop world than acting in a play.
1:03:06 How the music industry today compares to 2002.
1:09:08 How Conor McGregor moves astonishes Will and introduced him to Muay Thai.
1:10:51Why Will would like to eradicate the word failure.
1:15:34 Learning how the voice can be a tool to link us to our personalities.
1:19:19 Considering doing a Ted Talk.
1:20:14 What Will would like the next five years to hold for him.
1:21:16 A love for teaching.
1:23:46 Does he still need to have another Number One Album?
1:26:10 Phone call to the 20 year old Will Young.
1:27:41 Best advice ever received.
1:28:35 Relationship with parents.
1:29:50 Advice to the young person who wants to be like him.
1:31:19 Brian’s summing up.
Will Young albums
Lawrence Olivier Award
Art of Noise
Khiron House Trauma Therapy
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The Hoffman Process
Books by Pia Mellody
Healing the Shame by John Bradshaw
Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine
Multidisciplinary Associatioin of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Top of the Pops
Parkinson TV series
Horris Hill School
Edward II (play)
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