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Wyatt Pike Finally Reveals the Reason He Dropped Out of ‘American Idol’ Season 19

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On February 25, American Idol alum Wyatt Pike released his newest single “Deep Blue.” The single features a strong indie vibe with a strong beat and guitar. Along with the release of this song, he finally shared the reason behind his American Idol departure.

Wyatt Pike Reveals The Reason For His American Idol Withdrawal

Fans of Wyatt were excited to see his new release. His last single, “Friday Nights” was released soon after his departure from the American Idol competition. Wyatt impressed the judges when he sang an original song for his audition. The judges loved his musical storytelling techniques, so he continued on to Hollywood Week.

Wyatt continued on from Hollywood Week into the Top 24 and Top 16. The singer abruptly withdrew after his Top 16 performance. In April, Wyatt broke his silence about his departure on Instagram, he shared that he left the show due to personal reasons. With the release of “Deep Blue,” the artist has gone in depth about his departure from the series.

“Regarding my departure, the bottom line is that reality, competitive music on TV is not my thing,” Wyatt said. “It became too much–the stress and the behind-the-scenes pressure and things that had to happen.”


He also shared that he learned a lot from his experience on the series. This artist chose to leave the competition because he wanted to be remembered for his music, not just his time on the competition show. It’s been reported that Wyatt will share more about his departure from the long running series through his music.

The Story Behind His Newest Single

Wyatt co-wrote his newest single with American Idol season 18 alum, Francisco Martin. The singer shared the fellow alum invited him over for a dinner and an evening of songwriting while he was still in Los Angeles. They wrote “Deep Blue” during an all-nighter. This single is the first that Wyatt has ever written with someone else.

The American Idol alum recorded a demo version off the song and sent it off to a friend and fellow Park City, Utah native, Peter Hanaman. Hanaman is a staff and assistant engineer at The Village Studios. The studios are known for working with big names like Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Snoop Dogg, and more. Hanaman chose to produce this song after hearing the demo.

Wyatt currently is not signed to a record label, so he and Hanaman worked to release this single independently. They didn’t have the budget for a producer, mixers, or someone to master recording. Instead, they did it all themselves. This is not the first time Hanaman has done something like this. He has been credited for working with fellow American Idol alum, OSTON.

This single had a strong team behind it, so it’s no surprised the end result is so polished. The lyrics are strongest part of this song, along with the mixing. “Deep Blue” begins with both an electric guitar and electronic beat. The guitar and beat soon goes behind the singers smooth vocals. I think this single is the embodiment of the alternative/indie genre. “Deep Blue” reminds me a lot of music from the alternative/indie group COIN.

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