Fans still aren’t sure why Park City, Utah native Wyatt Pike abruptly left the competition after his Top 16 American Idol performance, but he must be doing OK, because the singer-songwriter has wasted no time releasing a new performance.
“As promised, here’s a video of my tune ‘Friday Nights’!,” Wyatt wrote alongside the video posted on Instagram Monday night (April 18). “I had fun filming this for you yesterday, hope you enjoy! ‘Friday Nights’ is available on all streaming platforms!”
The song is from Wyatt’s independently released EP Brand New Boy released in 2020. His audition song, “Best For You” is also a cut of that set. Listen to the studio version HERE.
The clip features Wyatt accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Perhaps he planned on singing the song at some point on his American Idol journey. It’s a good song! We’ll never know, but I suspect that if Wyatt had not dropped out, he would have been part of the Top 12. Perhaps “Friday Nights” would have served as Wyatt’s “Victory Song.”
Watch the video below.
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American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced Wyatt’s surprising news at the beginning of the first live show last week, just before he revealed the Top 12. “Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition,” he said. “He had to drop out. But we wish him the very best.”
American Idol released a statement shortly thereafter saying that Wyatt had to leave the show for personal reasons. And a few days later, when the singer finally addressed his mysterious exit, he more or less repeated American Idol’s 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,” Wyatt posted on Instagram. “Fellow contestants, miss you all, good luck!”