Season 7 contestant Alex Wong has never landed in the bottom three, yet he was eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday after sustaining a lacerated Achilles. The ballet dancer was very saddened by the news that he’d have to leave the show to have surgery, but he has no regrets about his journey. We caught up with Alex on a conference call the morning after his elimination to learn more about his SYTYCD experience and his season-ending injury.
As Executive Producer and Judge Nigel Lythgoe shared the news that Alex had to leave the competition for surgery, he said that the dancer can come back next season, assuming he feels better. Alex has high hopes about coming back. “We have to wait and see what’s going on with my injury, and hopefully I can continue,” he said. “[Coming back] is definitely something I look forward to. I feel like I haven’t finished my journey and there’s so much more to learn. It is appealing for me to come back…I think it all depends on what happens from here. I’m on the surgery table on Tuesday, and there’s a long recovery process from here. I’m gonna go with the flow and see what happens when the time comes.” Alex doesn’t feel like his So You Think You Can Dance journey ends here. “I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot of what I want to do, but it isn’t finished. I had a few great weeks but it’s not enough.” If Alex decides to try out again, he will get to go straight to Vegas week, but then he’ll have to audition in Vegas for a spot on the show just like all of the other hopefuls.
After receiving the bad news from the doctor on Wednesday night, Alex knew he’d be leaving the competition. “It was a long couple days. I had such an amazing journey and I’m so grateful for everything that’s happened. Everything happens for a reason and I just have to keep my chin up.”
The ballet dancer has always made it clear that he’s coming on the show to learn different styles. In the short time he was on the show, he mastered a lot of new genres, but what were his favorite styles to learn? “Hip Hop and Bollywood. It’s really crazy, but that’s what I came to do. I came to learn all these different styles. To get such good feedback from the judges is just like the cherry on top. I really enjoyed those so much.”
Alex was really upset about leaving the show and he said that the hardest part is leaving the contestants. They’ve all become close friends and he feels lucky for experiencing the show with them.
After the Miami City Ballet wouldn’t release Alex to Season 5’s Top 20, Alex came back this season and has reached a whole new level of exposure. “It amazes me every single day…people all over the street recognize us. I’m very happy because dance is such a big part of my life and So You Think You Can Dance has brought dance back to the public eye.”
We wish Alex a speedy recovery and hope to see him dancing again in no time!