We may still be hours away from the start of So You Think You Can Dance‘s Top 20 competition, but there’s already been a change in the lineup.
Despite postponing Juilliard to appear on the show (and making Adam Shankman cry during the audition phase), contemporary dancer Billy Bell will be off the program altogether. Although the 19-year-old was seen during last night’s pre-taped showcase, an illness has forced him to end his run. He will be replaced tonight by 21-year-old Brandon Dumlao, a hip-hop dancer from California.
According to statement from Bell’s family, continuing with the competition could have meant grave consequences. “We were all very disappointed when we heard the news and Billy was devastated when his doctors told the show that if he continued to dance on the show before he recovered, he could possibly die,” it read. While a specific diagnosis was not mentioned, Us Weekly reports Billy is being treated for mononucleosis.
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At last night’s taping of the Teen Choice Awards, Mary Murphy confirmed that two of the So You Think You Can Dance finalists were sent to the hospital on Saturday.
The two dancers - who were not named - collapsed during rehearsals and were taken to Cedars-Sinai for evaluation. According to the judge, the competitors have all been dancing up to 12 hours a day and were likely dehydrated. As a results, practices ended early on Saturday and were completely canceled (for everyone) on Sunday.
All four competitors - Stephen ‘Twitch’ Boss, Katee Shean, Courtney Galiano and Joshua Allen - are expected to return to the floor today.
Part 1 of the two-part SYTYCD finale begins this Wednesday @ 8pm.
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Nearly four weeks after an his on-camera injury, actor Cristián de la Fuente is finally getting a chance to rest his arm. Back on April 28, the Dancing with the Stars finalist ruptured a tendon while dancing the Samba with his partner Cheryl Burke. Although it was determined he would need to have surgery, his doctors allowed him to continue on with the competition.
Surprisingly, despite his limited range of motion, the telenovela star rebounded with more focused performances and higher scores. Unfortunately, his inability to carry off more dazzling lifts - and Kristi’s undeniable skill - kept him from snagging the mirrored ball trophy in the end.
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If you watched last night’s broadcast of Dancing with the Stars: Season 6, you may have wondered about a comment host Samantha Harris made backstage. After Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough did their Samba, it was revealed a trip to the emergency room almost kept Hough off the show.
For those keeping track, that would make two hospital visits in approximately two weeks for Julianne’s sibling.
Before last week’s show, Derek tweaked his neck while rehearsing for a routine that didn’t involve his celebrity partner. Unsure if he was going to be able to continue, Jonathan Roberts was asked to work with Shannon on the Viennese Waltz in the interim. Fortunately for Elizabeth and Hough, the couple reunited in time to earn a 28 during that Monday’s show.
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