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Wyatt Pike Breaks Silence Following 'American Idol' Exit

Wyatt Pike Breaks Silence Following 'American Idol' Exit
The "American Idol" logo is worn by a worker outside the Regent Hotel, Wall Street, where auditions for "American Idol" are being held October 24, 2002 in New York City. (Mark Mainz/Getty)

By    |   Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:38 PM

"American Idol" contestant Wyatt Pike has broken his silence after dropping out of the show. 

The 20-year-old caused a stir after failing to appear on Monday's episode and on Wednesday he explained his exit in an Instagram post. 

"I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons, but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life," Pike wrote. "Fellow contestants - miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon."

Fans were shocked on Monday when host Ryan Seacrest revealed Pike's exit. The singer had just made it through to the season's top 12 competitors when the announcement came.

"Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition. He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best," Seacrest said. 

A spokesperson later told People that Pike had dropped out due to "personal reasons." Meanwhile, Pike had already revealed last week on Instagram that he was home in Park City, Utah.

"Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today," he captioned two photos — one capturing the landscape of a snowy Park City and another of himself driving back home. 

His ambiguity left fans speculating that perhaps Pike had received a record deal, which would explain why he could no longer appear in "American Idol."

"Oh somebody probably came with a good record deal which had you to leave the show probably huh?" one fan wrote to Pike.

"My husband & I are huge fans, he's convinced you were offered a lucrative deal, and you had to drop out of idol to accept," another noted.

During his last appearance, Pike blew judges away with his performance of King's of Leons' hit single "Use Somebody." Katy Perry called him an "authentic singer-songwriter" while Lionel Richie told Pike that he had a "style on stage that we like to watch" and was on his way "to something big."

On Monday’s episode of "American Idol," Pike was not the only one who was notably absent. Luke Bryan was forced to pull out after he tested positive for COVID-19. 

"I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show," he tweeted. "I tested positive for COVID, but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon."

Perry later assured fans that Bryan was doing all right.

"He's totally good," she told Entertainment Tonight. "I think he's gonna be all right. I think we'll be seeing him next week."

Former judge Paula Abdul took over his role for the episode.

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"American Idol" contestant Wyatt Pike has broken his silence after dropping out of the show. The 20-year-old caused a stir after failing to appear on Monday's episode and on Wednesday he explained his exit in an Instagram post.
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