Why Wyatt Pike Dropped Out from American Idol After Making It into the Season’s Top 12

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“In the current season of American Idol, a famous contestant Wyatt Pike dropped out from the competition.” 

“American Idol,” the world’s most famous singing competition television series, is now airing its 19th season. The program was created by Simon Fuller, produced by Fremantle North America and 19 Entertainment, and distributed by Fremantle North America first aired on Fox in June 2002. 

History of American Idol

Finding a great talent with a beautiful voice, American Idol already produced several artists during its 18th season period. The concept of the series involves discovering recording stars from unsigned singing talents, with the winner determined by American viewers using phones, Internet, and SMS text voting. As chosen by the viewers, the winners of the first eighteen seasons are Kelly ClarksonRuben StuddardFantasia BarrinoCarrie UnderwoodTaylor HicksJordin SparksDavid CookKris AllenLee DeWyzeScotty McCreeryPhillip PhillipsCandice GloverCaleb JohnsonNick FradianiTrent HarmonMaddie PoppeLaine Hardy, and Just Sam respectively.

American Idol
American Idol

American Idol employs a panel of vocal judges who critique the contestants’ performances. For the first through eighth seasons, the original judges were record producer and music manager Randy Jackson, singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, and music executive and manager Simon Cowell. For the last three seasons on Fox, the judging panel consisted of singers Keith UrbanJennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.[1] The sixteenth season brought three new judges: singers Lionel RichieKaty Perry, and Luke Bryan. The first season was hosted by radio personality Ryan Seacrest and comedian Brian Dunkleman, but Seacrest has been the sole master of ceremonies since the second season.

Top 12 contestant 

Due to various reasons and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, obviously, “American Idol” is cutting down the competition fast. On Sunday night, revealing its top 16 list, the show eliminated eight singers. On Monday night, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced that singer Wyatt Pike had to drop out of the competition but that the show wished him the best going forward. And then “Idol” revealed its top 12 list.

Here’s the list of a singer who made it through top 12 positions of American Idol:

  1. Casey Bishop
  2. Deshawn Goncalves
  3. Cassandra Coleman
  4. Caleb Kennedy
  5. Ava August
  6. Chayce Beckham
  7. Alyssa Wray
  8. Willie Spence
  9. Grace Kinstler
  10. Hunter Metts
  11. Madison Watkins
  12. Beane

Wyatt Pike

20-year-old Utah kid Wyatt Pike combines the acoustic singer/songwriter style with structural hints of rock and pop. Forever in pursuit of storytelling and entertaining an audience, Wyatt has over ten years of musical experience under his belt. Inspired by artists including Anders Osborne, Andy Shauf, and Phoebe Bridgers. In fall 2019, Wyatt decided to pursue his true passion, withdrawing from business school days before his scheduled departure.

In his debut EP release entitled “Brand New Boy,” Wyatt captures snapshots of high school experiences and his unplanned gap year, articulating them in his voice. Wyatt auditioned for season 4 of American Idol on ABC.

Performing his great art, Pike had just made the spot in the season’s top 16 on Sunday night. 

Wyatt Pike Dropped out of American Idol

Even after gaining popularity and making top 16th position in the competition, he unexpectedly dropped out of the competition.

“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,” Ryan Seacrest, 46, said on Monday episode.

From Pike’s Instagram post from last week, we have learned that Pike is already home in Park City, Utah.  

Why Wyatt Pike Dropped out

While it is unclear why the artist decides unexpected departure from the competition, A rep for American Idol tells PEOPLE, “Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons.” 

Wyatt Pike
Wyatt Pike/Instagram

Sunday’s American Idol episode was pre-taped, whereas Monday’s show featured the season’s first live performances.

During Pike’s last time on the show, he sang his rendition of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.

His performance blew the judges away, with Katy Perry telling him, “I think you do have a little bit of an angle in this competition that you’re an authentic singer-songwriter.”

She added, “I think, whatever happens, you’re it.”

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

“You have a style on stage that we like to watch,” Lionel Richie said. “And to watch you take that song and make it your song. You’re on your way to something big, my friend.”

What do you guys think about his unexpected dropout? Is he thinking of a grand plan ahead? Post your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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