‘American Idol’ contestant Wyatt Pike leaves show due to ‘personal reasons’

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An “American Idol” contestant has unexpectedly left the singing competition series.

Monday’s episode announced that Wyatt Pike stepped down from the ABC show, but did not disclose the reason for his exit.

“Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition,” host Ryan Seacrest said on the broadcast, according to People. “He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best.”

Pike had advanced to the show’s final 12 contestants before stepping away.

His decision to leave was only described as “personal reasons” by an “American Idol” rep in a comment to People.

Pike was most recently seen on Sunday’s episode, which featured performances by the series’ Top 16. He sang “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon during that episode, earning praise from the “American Idol” judges.

“I’m telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life,” judge Luke Bryan told Pike following that performance.

Pike, 20, posted a photo from Park City, Utah, on Instagram last week.

“Something to feel this through: home,” Pike captioned the image at the time. “Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today.”

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