Wyatt Pike addressed his fans today on Instagram after mysteriously dropping out of American Idol earlier this week.
The Top 16 contestant posted a photo on the social media site, and wrote, “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,” Wyatt addressed his fellow contestants, “miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon!”
A few contestants posted in comments alongside his message to wish him good luck.
- Madison Watkins: You are so special Wyatt–JUST THE BEGINNING BABY!!!! Can’t wait to see you soon. You are a GEM in every since (sic) of the word
- Grace Kinstler: So much love for you Wyatt!!! You are going to do AMAZING things; I cannot wait to watch it all unfold for you!!
- Beane: Love you so big.
- Anilee List: Love you man.
- Cassandra Coleman: I love you and miss you so much!!!! So excited for your future.
At the top of Monday’s (April 12) Top 12 reveal show, host Ryan Seacrest announced that Wyatt “will not be competing in the competition. He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best.” The show never mentioned him again. Fans were left wondering what happened. Wyatt doesn’t get into details in his latest post, but he does assure them that new music is coming.
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At his American Idol audition, the 19 year old impressed the judges with an original song, “Best for You.” In his audition video package, Wyatt explained that he wrote the song for his sister Hazel. In the clip, she describes how when she experienced “severe mental health issues,” Wyatt supported her the entire time. Wyatt revealed, that when he struggled with anxiety in high school, his sister was there for him.
Wyatt had several wonderful performances, including an upbeat duet with Ben Rector for his Top 24 performance, and a strummy cover of George Ezra’s “What You Waiting For.”
Wyatt’s last posted on Instagram April 7. Alongside photos of a snowy Park City, he wrote, “Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today.”