Wyatt Pike breaks silence after quitting ‘American Idol’ – New York Post


Standout singer quits ‘American Idol’ in stunning exit

Wyatt Pike is finally speaking out on his shocking surprise exit from “American Idol” — and he’s toeing the party line.

Frustrated fans of the self-proclaimed “20-year-old Utah kid” shouldn’t expect too much relief from his first official statement.

“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 posted Wednesday on Instagram. “Fellow contestants — miss you all, good luck!”

This vague announcement pretty much parrots what show reps told The Post earlier this week when Pike quit right before the top 12 was announced.

“Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons, and we cannot comment further,” was the official word on Tuesday.

Wyatt Pike was beaming when the trio of judges told him he had made the top 12.
Wyatt Pike was beaming when the trio of “American Idol” judges told him he had made it into the top 16. He left the show days later.
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Reps for Pike, however, declined to comment as social media rumors that he broke COVID-19 restrictions to fly home spread like digital wildfire.

The mysterious departure came on the heels of the young performer’s show-stopping moment: On Sunday’s pre-taped show, Pike wowed the judges panel with his confident rendition of the Kings of Leon’s 2008 hit “Use Somebody.”

“Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition,” host Ryan Seacrest, 46, announced without ceremony on Monday’s first live show of the season. “He had to drop out — but we wish him the very best, OK?”

After Pike’s final performance, judge Lionel Richie, 71, predicted the young singer was on his way to “something big.” Meanwhile, Katy Perry, 36, went so far as to proclaim that Pike was “an authentic singer-writer. I think whatever happens — you’re it.”

Finally, Luke Bryan — who was out Monday due to a positive COVID-19 test, with O.G. “A.I.” judge Paula Abdul filling in for him — made what now seems like a somewhat prescient statement.

“I remember one of the coolest things ever happened to me is the day I realized that I get to do music forever, under any circumstance,” Bryan, 44, told Pike. “I’m telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.”

Pike appears to have taken Bryan’s words to heart.

And he did offer a teaser of hope for his passionate fanbase in his most recent Insta post: “Thank you to everyone for your support … do stick around for more musical things soon!”