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So You Think You Can Dance: Injured Dancer Alex Wong Would ‘Love to Be Back’

July 10, 2010 10:00 AM by Nancy Floyd

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Last night’s elimination on So You Think You Can Dance was particularly difficult to watch since fan favorite and clear frontrunner, Alex Wong was forced to leave the competition. He wasn’t voted off for lack of talent or charisma, but rather had to leave on doctor’s orders after severely injuring himself during rehearsal. The judges and finalists are heartbroken to see him go, but he hopes to return to So You Think You Can Dance next season…

Ballet dancer Alex Wong definitely seemed to be the contestant to beat on season seven of So You Think You Can Dance. After only three weeks of competition, he had already delivered two of the most memorable and moving performances to date, including his all-male hip hop routine with all-star Twitch. Sadly, after lacerating his Achilles tendon during rehearsals this week, Alex was forced to leave the competition prematurely to rest and recover.

“My heart hurts a lot but I’m very, very grateful that you guys have given me this opportunity,” Alex said after being eliminated. Backstage after the show he told People magazine, “I’ve had an amazing time and I can’t get that anywhere else. Not ever from day one did I ever think I was going for the gold.”

Alex may not have thought he was in the running for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer, but the judges certainly thought that was the direction he was headed in. “Alex is such a gift,” resident judge Mia Michaels said after the show. “He is one of the greatest dancers, if not the greatest dancer that has ever come through our stage.”

Fellow judge Adam Shankman agrees, adding, “Whoever wins this year, people will always say, ‘Would they have won if Alex Wong was still in this competition?’”

Fortunately, this isn’t the last that Alex Wong will be seen on the So You Think You Can Dance stage. Executive producer/lead judge, Nigel Lythgoe, offered him the opportunity to return to season eight and the ballet dancer seems eager to accept. “It’s a lot to give up but I would love to be back,” Alex Wong says. “I haven’t finished my journey. I have so much more to learn.”

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