AMERICAN Idol frontrunner Wyatt Pike “did NOT” break Covid protocols that resulted in him being forced to drop out of the show, The Sun can reveal.
Wyatt Pike ‘dropped out’ of American Idol after advancing into the Top 12Credit: Getty
Many fans assumed he flew home to Park City, Utah last week after this cryptic postCredit: Instagram
The Utah native shared photos of him driving around the snowy streets last weekCredit: Facebook
Many fans presumed the 20-year-old Utah native broke the show’s strict Covid protocols as his last social media post was of his Park City home.
One insider claimed: “Wyatt took Covid very seriously even before the show. He knew the rules, he didn’t fly home.
“He wouldn’t have even had time with [Idol’s] schedule even if he wanted to but he’s definitely been in LA this whole time.”
A separate source close to the show explained: “Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons” but could not comment further.
Ryan Seacrest announced Wyatt had ‘dropped out’ of the competitionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The rocker received glowing praise for his last performance of Use Somebody by Kings Of LeonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
No explanation was offered as to why Wyatt was no longer on the showCredit: Getty
The talented rocker was last seen on Sunday night’s episode of the series – though it was filmed last week – and made it into the Top 12.
Monday’s show was the first to be filmed live – and with a live audience – of the season when it was briefly mentioned Wyatt had “dropped out.”
Last Wednesday, Wyatt uploaded two pictures that he tagged as being in Park City, Utah in the location.
One snap showed a snowy neighborhood from a nearby mountaintop while the other appeared to show Wyatt driving his Toyota down the icy streets.
“Something to feel this through: home. Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today,” he captioned the post.
Sources close to the singer alleged that Wyatt ‘did NOT break Covid protocolsCredit: Instagram
Sources close to Wyatt claim he has ‘taken Covid very seriously’Credit: Instagram
Many fans assumed this was a sign he had flown home with hundreds commenting begging for clarification of his surprise departure.
Over the weekend, he responded to one of the questions on the post and maintained he was “looking through pictures” while “still in Los Angeles.”
At the top of last night’s drama-filled episode, host 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.
Fans were both shocked and confused by Wyatt’s sudden departureCredit: Instagram
“He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best,” the TV personality said – offering no other details.
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.
The singer-songwriter has been praised for both his vocal talent and ‘authenticity’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
“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.”
“I can’t even focus on this damn show because IM SO UPSET ABOUT WYATT DROPPING OUT,” a third exclaimed.
Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Riche labeled Wyatt a frontrunner this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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.
Country star Luke Bryan even told Wyatt that he has “no doubt” he will be a musical performer for “the rest of his life.”
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