Following post on Twitter Monday morning sharing that he won't be a part of this Season 19's first live show, due to testing positive for COVID-19, , one of the original judges for the first eight seasons, returned to her old stomping grounds as a guest judge for the first time in 12 years.
Paula was her usual awkwardly endearing self, calling her old castmate Simon Cowell an “STD” and telling the talented contestants that she was meeting for the first time, “I just want to ask all of you, what did your mothers breastfeed you? It's incredible!” She even FaceTimed with Randy Jackson on Ryan Seacrest’s iPad at one point. “if I'm being honest, it's kind of nostalgic,” she told Seacrest. “I feel like I'm visiting my little brother on a show that we started, with our other brother Randy and of course our grandfather, Simon.”
Bryan's temporary leave from the show wasn't the only big news Monday night. Seacrest also announced that 20-year-old Park City singer Wyatt Pike had unexpectedly dropped out of the competition, but gave no explanation, which left viewers totally confused and wanting answers. A source close to the show told Yahoo Entertainment, “Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons, and we cannot comment further,” and left it at that.
The final surprising news of the night was when Seacrest revealed "the biggest shake-up in Idol history." Since last season's contestants didn't get their moment to perform on the big stage due to COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine, Idol is inviting ten of the Season 18 finalists back to perform next week for a spot in this season's competition.