The ultimate 12 was simply introduced on “American Idol” — and one contestant didn’t even give viewers the prospect to kick him off the present.
Standout singer Wyatt Pike was lacking from the venerable actuality TV singing competitors on Monday night time’s first stay episode of the season.
Host Ryan Seacrest introduced with out ceremony that Pike had give up the expertise present with a quick on-stage assertion.
“Earlier than we get to the outcomes, I’ve to inform you that finalist Wyatt Pike won’t be competing in the competitors,” stated Seacrest, 46. “He needed to drop out — however we want him the easiest.”
Pike, a 20-year-old “child” from Park Metropolis, Utah, left the present for that previous showbiz standby — “private causes” — a rep for “American Idol” advised Individuals.
“Wyatt couldn’t proceed … and we can’t remark additional,” a present spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Submit.
Reps for Pike didn’t instantly reply to The Submit’s request for remark.
The mysterious departure got here on the heels of the younger performer’s show-stopping second: On Sunday’s pre-taped present, Pike wowed the judges panel along with his assured rendition of the Kings of Leon’s 2008 hit “Use Someone.”
After that spirited efficiency, choose Lionel Richie, 71, stated Pike had “a mode on stage that we like to look at,” and predicted he was on his option to “one thing massive.” In the meantime, Katy Perry went as far as to proclaim that the younger singer had “slightly little bit of an angle in this competitors [because] you’re an genuine singer-writer.”
Perry, 36, continued, “I believe no matter occurs — you’re it.”
Lastly, Luke Bryan — who was out Monday because of a constructive COVID-19 check, with O.G. “A.I.” choose Paula Abdul filling in for him — made what now looks like a considerably prescient assertion.
“I keep in mind one of many coolest issues ever occurred to me is the day I noticed that I get to do music without end, underneath any circumstance,” Bryan, 44, advised Pike. “I’m telling you, Wyatt, you’re going to have the ability to do music for the remainder of your life.”
Whereas no different particulars about his abrupt departure have been revealed, Pike may need teased his early exit from the present in an Instagram submit a number of days in the past from his residence state of Utah.
“One thing to really feel this by: residence,” he wrote. “Grateful for the rollercoaster I’m on at this time.”