Saturday, June 22, 2024

Wyatt Pike, Who Mysteriously Left “American Idol” Mid-Season Lands a Live Gig on Staten Island


Wyatt Pike is the 20 year old kid from Utah who mysteriously left “American Idol” this season just before audience voting began.

He was considered a top choice for winner if he kept going. But he dropped out, citing personal reasons.

Now Pike has announced he’s landed a live gig on Staten Island in New York’s least glamorous borough, on June 6th.

Pike will perform at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, whatever that is, on June 6th. It seems like he’s opening for Julia Gargano,, a runner up from last year’s “American Idol,” who reportedly signed a deal with the “Idol” label, 19 Recordings. Gargano is from Staten Island.

I swear to you, I am not making this up. “American Idol” will have just concluded two weeks earlier, where Pike could have won the contest or finished in the top 3, and had a record contract and management. He would have been part of the “Idol” machine and perhaps had hit records.

But no, Snug Harbor was calling out to him. It’s like the opposite of “Working Girl.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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