Why Did Wyatt Pike Drop Out of ‘American Idol’? Former Contestant Cites ‘Personal Reasons’ for Exit

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UPDATE (4/15/2021): Since it was announced that American Idol‘s Season 19 contestant Wyatt Pike wouldn’t continue on in the competition, fans have wondered what prompted the absence.

It seems like the performer has finally broken his silence through a post on his Instagram profile. The Utah native cites “personal reasons” for his exit as he addressed fans in the posting. “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.”

He even had some positive well wishes for the other contestants, as his message continued. “Fellow contestants – miss you all, good luck!,” he wrote. “Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon!”


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ORIGINAL STORY (4/13/2021): American Idol has narrowed its remaining pool of contestants down to a Top 12, but one of them will no longer take part in the music competition series, as Wyatt Pike has left the show unexpectedly.

The 19-year-old hopeful from Park City, Utah, has repeatedly delivered solid performances since he first appeared in the auditions. But during the April 13 broadcast, host Ryan Seacrest told viewers before unveiling 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.”

The reason behind Pike’s exit is foggy, and according to People, an ABC representative said, “Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons.” His last appearance on the show occurred during the Sunday, April 12, episode, when he sang Kings of Leon‘s “Use Somebody,” as segments from the show that night were pre-recorded.

According to Pike’s Instagram, he’s been home in Utah for nearly a week. “Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today,” he captioned two images featuring Park City on his profile.


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While the reason behind his exit is unclear, Wyatt’s audition segment did reveal that the singer had experienced bouts of anxiety in the past related to some of his younger sister’s mental health issues. Wyatt even performed a special original song titled “Best For You,” about his sister for the audition.

For now, it remains unclear whether Wyatt will return to the competition at a later date or season, but he’s definitely received plenty of fans support since the news of his exit broke. As comments pour in on his social media, we can’t help but wish the Idol contestant the best.

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