‘American Idol’: Wyatt Pike Speaks Out on Unexpected Departure From the Show

by Emily Morgan

Former “American Idol” hopeful, Wyatt Pike, is speaking out about why he abruptly left the singing competition.

On Monday, longtime “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest began the live show announcing that the college student had left the show. However, Seacrest did not say as to why he left the competition. In a recent Instagram post he shared two days after news broke that he would be exiting the show, Pike clarified why he chose to leave.

“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,” the 20-year-old Park City native wrote in the caption.

In addition, he went on to wish his competitors his support.” Fellow contestants – miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon!”

‘American Idol’ Contestants Offer Pike Their Support

In the comments section, many of his fellow competitors also offered him the same support. “So much love for you Wyatt!!! You are going to do AMAZING things; I cannot wait to watch it all unfold for you,” “American Idol” hopeful Grace Kinstler commented.”Wish you the best of luck in everything you do,” Idol contestant Alanis Sophia also added with a heart emoji.

According to PEOPLE magazine, a rep for the show said on Monday that “Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons.” Last week, Pike also posted a snowy shot from his Utah home, writing, “Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today.”

During his last appearance on “American Idol,” Pike wowed the judges and the viewers when he sang a cover of “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon.

After his performance, “American Idol” judge Katy Perry offered him praise: “I think you do have a little bit of an angle in this competition that you’re an authentic singer-songwriter,” Katy Perry told him. “I think whatever happens, you’re it.”

Next up to applaud Pike was fellow judge Luke Bryan. “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,” he said. “I’m telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.”

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