Billy Bell drops out of SYTYCD because of illness, will be replaced by Brandon Dumlao

So You Think You Can Dance 6 has already lost one of its competitors: Billy Bell, the 19-year-old contemporary dancer, has dropped out due to an unspecified illness. He’s being replaced by hip-hop dancer Brandon Dumlao, who previously didn’t make the top 20 in season five.

Billy will still appear on tonight’s show, a special pre-taped introduction to the dancers that airs in advance of tomorrow night’s two-hour top-20 performance and elimination show, on which Brandon will appear.

In a press release, Nigel Lythgoe said, “We are disappointed that Billy cannot continue dancing in the competition on the advice of his doctor and wish him a speedy recovery. However, we are fortunate that Brandon Dumlao has agreed to return.”

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