“American Idol” has revealed its final 12 contestants — but Wyatt Pike didn’t wait around to give viewers the chance to vote him off.
The self-proclaimed 20-year-old “kid” from Park City, Utah, went missing from the venerable reality TV singing competition on Monday night’s first live episode of the season.
Host Ryan Seacrest announced without fanfare that Pike had quit the talent show.
“Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition,” said Seacrest, 46. “He had to drop out — but we wish him the very best, OK?”
Pike left the show for that old showbiz standby — “personal reasons” — a spokesperson for “American Idol” confirmed to The Post.
“Wyatt could not continue … and we cannot comment further,” an insider added.
Reps for Pike, however, declined to comment as rumors that he broke COVID-19 restrictions to fly home spread like digital wildfire.
The mysterious early exit came on the heels of the young performer’s show-stopping moment: On Sunday’s pre-taped show, Pike wowed the judges panel with his confident rendition of the Kings of Leon’s 2008 hit “Use Somebody.”
After that spirited performance, judge Lionel Richie, 71, said Pike had “a style on stage that we like to watch,” and predicted he was on his way to “something big.” Meanwhile, Katy Perry went so far as to proclaim that the young singer had “a little bit of an angle in this competition [because] you’re an authentic singer-writer.”
Perry, 36, continued, “I think whatever happens — you’re it.”
Finally, Luke Bryan — who was out Monday due to a positive COVID-19 test, with O.G. “A.I.” judge Paula Abdul filling in for him — made what now seems like a somewhat prescient statement.
“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,” Bryan, 44, told Pike. “I’m telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life.”
While no other details about his abrupt departure have been revealed, Pike might have teased his departure from the show in an Instagram post to his 63,000-plus followers several days ago spotlighting his home state of Utah.
“Something to feel this through: home,” he wrote. “Thankful for the rollercoaster I’m on today.”
Meanwhile, Pike’s fans are of course freaking out on social media: “Are they really going to say @WyattPike just dropped out and not a reason why!!!!!,” @RBShabad tweeted. “He was my fave [pensive face emoji] hope he is okay and hope someone will sign him soon.”
Fellow online culture critic @SethJerebek chimed in: “The people need to know why you dropped out of @AmericanIdol!! Let us know you are okay!” To which one Twitter realist clapped back: “Actually, the people don’t *need* to know. They *want* to know.”