American Idol candidate Wyatt Pike has exited American Idol unexpectedly.
Host Ryan Seacrest declared the advancement during Monday’s episode.
“Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition,” Seacrest said. “He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best.”
An representative for the show disclosed to People that Pike “could not continue due to personal reasons”.
The Independent has reached ABC, which airs the program, for more information.
Pike, 19, from Park City, Utah, had arisen as a top choice on the show, arriving at the competition’s top 12.
“You have a style on stage that we like to watch,” judge Lionel Richie told him recently after he covered Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody”. “And to watch you take that song and make it your song – you’re on your way to something big, my friend.”
Luke Bryan, also a judge on the show, told Pike on a same occasion: “One of the coolest things that ever happened to me is the day I realised that I’d get to do music forever, under any circumstance. And I’m telling you, Wyatt, you’re going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.”
Pike’s Instagram account has effectively received plenty of comments from fans wondering what made him leave the show, and pledging to support his career in the future nonetheless.