Billy Bell, who was sidelined from So You Think You Can Dance due to a mysterious, potentially deadly illness, will return to the competition next season, although not in the top 20.
Instead, Nigel Lythgoe explained last night that the show’s producers and Fox “have agreed that Billy Bell can join the competition at the top 100 in Vegas next season, and they’ve also agreed that Brandon can re-apply for this show. I think that’s very fair.”
Note that his replacement, Brandon Dumlao, who didn’t make the top 20 but was subbed in only to be immediately eliminated, will only be allowed to audition again from the very start. Ouch.
Meanwhile, the show’s experiment with tap dancers in the top 20 is two-thirds over: two of the three tappers, Phillip Attmore and Bianca Revels, were eliminated last night. Next week, with no World Series to interrupt the schedule, viewer voting starts.