Katy Perry just called this Utah singer on ‘American Idol’ a ‘superstar musician.’ How far will he go?
The ‘American Idol’ competition is down to the top 24, and on Sunday night, Utah singer Wyatt Pike made a strong case to the judges for continuing on to the top 16.
What did Wyatt Pike perform for the ‘American Idol’ top 24?
- During the “American Idol” top 24 round, “Idol” contestants performed a solo and then sang a duet with a celebrity guest artist.
- On Sunday night, Pike performed a cover of Tate McRae’s “Rubberband” — a rendition that led Luke Bryan to whisper, “He feels like a star,” to Katy Perry.
- Then it was time for the celebrity duet. Pike got paired with singer-songwriter Ben Rector — a matchup he was excited about since he performed a Rector song at his 2019 graduation from Park City High School.
- The pair performed Rector’s “Brand New.” Pike decided to put his guitar aside for the big moment — something he said he rarely does — and instead danced on the stage and sang his heart out.
Did the ‘American Idol’ judges like Wyatt Pike and Ben Rector’s duet?
The judges had nothing but praise for the performance — although Perry made a comment on Pike’s appearance.
- “It looks like you rolled out of bed,” she said. “Instead of getting slick and polished, you took all that time and practiced and rehearsed and stepped into your stardom. You are an authentic superstar musician. You could go on tour today and fit in right now.”
Bryan added that he was “emotional the whole time” Pike performed with Rector, and said there was nothing about the performance to critique.
- “You’re so right in your moment right now,” Bryan said. “I can’t tell you anything to do different — be you.”
“Idol” judge Lionel Richie praised Pike for breaking even more out of his shell and not hiding behind a guitar during the performance.
- “What you cannot teach in this business is stage presence,” Richie told Pike. “You owned that moment we just saw. Congratulations. I’m so proud of you.”
Will Wyatt Pike make it to the ‘American Idol’ top 16?
Voting for Sunday night’s episode of “American Idol” has already closed.
- Based on the audience voting results, four singers from Sunday night’s episode, and four singers from Monday night’s episode, will be eliminated.
- The top 16 will be revealed during the “Idol” episode on April 11, the Deseret News reported.
Who is Wyatt Pike?
- Since his “American Idol” audition, Pike has been primarily focused on showing the judges who he is as a singer-songwriter.
- It’s the reason he chose to be vulnerable and perform an original song for his audition. And since that moment, the judges have been impressed with the singer’s unique artistry, telling him there’s no one else like him in the competition.
- Pike has long had a passion for music — he was 13 when he got his first gig performing at a ski resort. But by the time he graduated high school, he was planning to attend business school, the Deseret News reported.
- A few days before he was scheduled to start school, Pike decided to instead take a gap year and focus on music, which ultimately led him to “American Idol.”
- “I’m happy that I took the risk, and it seems to be paying off right now,” Pike previously told the Deseret News. “Regardless, I’m just happy to be writing and playing music.”