Frustrated fans of the self-proclaimed “20-year-old Utah kid” shouldn’t expect too much relief from his first official statement.
“I had to quit the @AmericanIdol contest for personal reasons, but I’m so grateful that I can play music for the rest of my life,” Pike said on Instagram Wednesday. “Companions – miss you all, good luck! “
That parrot announcement waves pretty much what the show’s reps told the Post earlier this week when Pike stepped down just before the top 12 announcement.
“Wyatt was unable to continue for personal reasons, and we cannot comment further,” was the official word on Tuesday.
Representatives for Pike, however, declined to comment on rumors on social media that he violated COVID-19 restrictions to return home spreading like digital wildfire.
The mysterious departure followed the decisive moment for the young performer: On Sunday’s pre-recorded show, Pike wowed the jury with his confident take on the 2008 Kings of Leon hit “Use Somebody.”“Before I get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing,” host Ryan Seacrest, 46, announced unceremoniously on Monday’s first live broadcast of the season. . “He had to give up – but we wish him the best, okay?” “
After Pike’s last performance, judge Lionel Richie, 71, predicted the young singer was on his way to “something big.” Meanwhile, 36-year-old Katy Perry went so far as to proclaim that Pike was “a real singer-writer.” I think whatever happens, you have it.
Finally, Luke Bryan – who was absent on Monday due to a positive COVID-19 test, with OG “AI” judge Paula Abdul replacing him – made what now appears to be a somewhat prescient statement.
“I remember one of the coolest things that ever happened to me was the day I realized I could make music forever, no matter what,” Bryan, 44, told Pike. “I’m telling you, Wyatt, you’re going to be able to make music for the rest of your life.” “
Pike seems to have taken Bryan’s words to heart.
And he offered a teaser of hope to his passionate fans in his latest Insta post: “Thanks everyone for your support … stay over for more musical stuff soon!” “