AMERICAN Idol fans are stunned after frontrunner Wyatt Pike DROPPED OUT of the singing competition unexpectedly as fans now “demand answers.”
On Monday night’s live show joined by guest judge Paula Abdul, host Ryan Seacrest casually revealed the contestant shakeup but did not offer any further details of why Wyatt was no longer on the show.
Finalist Wyatt Pike ‘dropped out’ of the ABC singing competition unexpectedlyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ryan Seacrest announced that Wyatt ‘dropped out’ with no further explanationCredit: Getty
At the top of tonight’s drama-filled episode, Ryan, 46, made the shocking announcement before the Top 12 finalists performed.
“Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition.
“He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best,” the TV personality said – offering no other explanation.
Wyatt, 20, has not responded to his sudden absence but last week, he posted a photo of his home in Park City, Utah.
“Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today,” he captioned the snap that showed a snow-filled neighborhood.
Fans suspected Wyatt might already be back in his Park City, Utah homeCredit: Instagram
The 20-year-old was a frontrunner to win this whole seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The rocker has been an early frontrunner since his auditionCredit: Instagram
While many fans assumed this is a sign he already flew back to be with family, he commented on the post that he was “looking through pictures” while “still in Los Angeles.”
Fans were both shocked and devastated by his departure as the finalist was highly favored to win the entire season.
But many just wanted answers as the alarming announcement was moved on from so casually.
“Wait I actually wanna know ab Wyatt before we move on,” one person pleaded.
Another tweeted: “Wyatt did WHAT NOW?! And they explained it NOT AT ALL.”
Fans were ‘upset’ and ‘shocked’ that Wyatt Pike departed the competition so suddenlyCredit: Instagram
“I can’t even focus on this damn show because IM SO UPSET ABOUT WYATT DROPPING OUT,” a third exclaimed.
One more fired off: “Wait! You can’t just say “Wyatt dropped out” and that’s it.
“That’s like my husband saying “so and so is having a baby” but then can’t answer any of my detailed questions!”
The news comes just one day after Wyatt gave his best rendition of the Kings Of Leon’s hit, Use Somebody.
All three judges sung his praises and said his “authenticity” was apparent in having “a blast” on stage.
Wyatt rocked out to the King’s Of Leon hit Use Somebody for his final performanceCredit: ABC
The singer was praised and told he’d be a singer for ‘the rest of his life’Credit: ABC
Luke Bryan even told Wyatt that he has “no doubt” he will be a musical performer for “the rest of his life.”
While Sunday’s episode of American Idol was pre-taped, Monday’s show marked the first live performances – and audience – of the season.
The episode added extra excitement as it was revealed this morning Paula Abdul, 58, was returning to the singing competition and her famous unfiltered lines were on full display.
On Monday’s episode that showcased results from tonight’s Top 12, host Ryan Seacrest, 46, walked over to the panel with a special surprise.
As he held up an iPad, former judge Randy Jackson, 64, was seen on a video call and reunited with his former co-workers.
The Straight Up songstress immediately gave a virtual hug to her longtime friend.
“It’s so good to see you! We’re all back, now we just need the STD,” Paula said to Randy and Ryan – referring to their old co-star, Simon.
An awkward silence followed the shocking remark as a shocked Ryan was at a loss for words with the live audience also quiet.