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During Monday’s episode of ‘American Idol,’ the judges announced that contestant Wyatt Pike has dropped out for personal reasons. But, Wyatt wasn’t the only one absent from Monday’s show. Judge Luke Bryan was also out after testing positive for COVID-19. Former ‘American Idol’ judge Paula Abdul filled his seat and after the live show, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie gave ET an update on how Luke’s doing.
RYAN SEACREST: 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, OK?
HALLIE STEPHENS: Wyatt Pike drops out of "American Idol" for personal reasons, while the judges give an update on Luke Bryan after he tests positive for COVID-19.
KATY PERRY: He's totally good. I think he's going to be all right. I think we'll be seeing, be seeing him next week.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Monday marked the ABC singing competition's first night of live shows, where the top 16 battled it out for a spot in the top 12. But at the top of the show it was announced that Wyatt had dropped out of the competition for unspecified personal reasons, now leaving only 15 singers competing for the coveted spots.
WYATT PIKE: (SINGING) You know that I could use somebody. You know that I could use somebody. Oh, yeah, I could.
HALLIE STEPHENS: In a pre-taped episode on Sunday, Wyatt crushed his cover of Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody."
KATY PERRY: I really believe in you. I think whatever happens, you are already-- you're it.
LIONEL RICHIE: You're on your way to something big, my friend.
LUKE BRYAN: I'm telling you, Wyatt, you're going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Wyatt has not commented on his exit on social media, but he did share pics from his hometown, Park City, Utah, on Instagram five days ago, writing, quote, "something to field this through-- home. Thankful for the roller coaster I'm on today." But Wyatt wasn't the only one absent during Monday's live show.
LUKE BRYAN: I certainly want to be in the judge's table, and it's something that I love. I love doing it. I love being on the ground floor of these artists coming in and watching their dreams start to come true.
Being a part of it, and you know, being there with Lionel and Katy. I mean, our chemistry is so natural, so real, so fun. And I just, I wouldn't, you know, I wouldn't miss being at that judge's table for the world.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Luke Bryan also called out due to his recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
PAULA ABDUL: You're magnetic on stage. There's no, there's no doubt about it.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Former "American Idol" judge Paula Abdul filled his seat for the night, and after Monday's live episode, judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie shared an update on how the country singer is holding up.
KATY PERRY: He was texting us. He was blowing up our phones during the whole episode, some of it we can't even say, because it's not--
LIONEL RICHIE: We can't say half of it.
KATY PERRY: But he agreed with everything, and you know, he was just giving critiques at home, I guess, alone in his room.
HALLIE STEPHENS: Luke revealed Monday morning that he'd tested positive, but it seems like he may be one of the lucky ones who didn't get hit with the symptoms quite as badly as others.
KATY PERRY: He's totally good. I think he's going to be all right. I think we'll seeing, be seeing him next week.
HALLIE STEPHENS: And while Katy and Lionel are looking forward to having their old pal back on the panel, they had mad love and appreciation for Paula's work on Monday's show.
PAULA ABDUL: Paula did a great job. She did a great job.
HALLIE STEPHENS: As for Paula, who was on the show from its inception in 2002 through 2009, she said the whole thing came together really fast.
PAULA ABDUL: I didn't have time to think about it, because it was literally-- it happened-- I got a call on Friday night, and I was worried because I was getting my second vaccine and I thought, oh my god, what if I have a reaction? And I was able to move my, my appointment to Saturday night and that. So yesterday I was feeling kind of grumpy, but today I woke up fine and it was, it was fun.
HALLIE STEPHENS: And while the guest spot on "Idol" gave her those throwback feels, she jokingly said it was easier to share a panel with Katy and Lionel than it was to share it with her old co-stars Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.
PAULA ABDUL: I loved being on this panel, with this panel tonight. It's way different than the panel I was on, that's for sure.