'American Idol' Contestant Wyatt Pike Drops Out of the Show

American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike had an unexpected early exit from the music competition show on Monday night. 

Monday marked the ABC show’s first night of live shows in which the Top 16 were supposed to be vying for a spot in the Top 12. But at the top of the show, it was announced that Wyatt had dropped out of the competition for unspecified personal reasons. This left only 15 singers competing for the coveted spots. 

In a pre-taped episode on Sunday, Wyatt had a blast singing Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” with his guitar. 

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“I really believe in you, I think whatever happens, you’re it!” judge Katy Perry told Wyatt following the performance.

Judge Luke Bryan, who was also absent during Monday’s live show due to his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, told Wyatt at the time that he was “going to do music for the rest of your life.” 

And judge Lionel Richie told the singer-songwriter that he was on his way “to something big.” 

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Wyatt did not comment on his exit on social media on Monday night. He did share photos from his hometown of Park City, Utah, on Instagram five days ago, writing, “Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today. 💙.”

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