Summit County’s Wyatt Pike advanced to the top 12 on ‘American Idol’ before his untimely departure from the show. No details were shared as to why the young vocal star left the show of his own volition but the day after the departure, Pike took to social media to share the following: 

“I had to leave the #AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life. Fellow contestants – miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon! 💙” 

Pike earned his spot on the show by auditioning with an original song he wrote for his sister titled “Best for You,” the lead single from his album “Brand New Boy.”


After it was announced on the show that Pike would be advancing to the top 16, he performed his own rendition of “Use Someone,” by Kings of Leon followed by an outpouring of praise from the judges: 


Luke Bryan shared, “I remember one of the coolest things ever happened to me is the day I realized that I get to do music forever, under any circumstance. I’m telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.”


Katie Perry said, “I think you do have a little bit of an angle in this competition (in) that you’re an authentic singer-songwriter. I think whatever happens, you’re it.”


Lionel Richie added, “You have a style on stage that we like to watch and to watch you take that song and make it your song, you’re on your way to something big, my friend.”



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