Injured SYTYCD contestant Alex Wong auditioned for American Idol

Alex Wong, a fan-favorite dancer on season seven of So You Think You Can Dance, has auditioned for American Idol 11, and the show’s producer complemented his voice.

Alex was eliminated from SYTYCD because of an injury to his Achilles tendon, and this summer, ruptured his other Achilles tendon. He did not return in season eight because he hadn’t recovered by the Las Vegas round week.

On Saturday, when American Idol was holding audition in East Rutherford, NJ, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe wrote on Twitter, “Wow, Alex Wong just auditioned for #AmericanIdol. The boy has a good voice.” Alex then thanked Nigel, confirming it was him and not someone else; before the audition, fellow SYTYCD contestant Kent Boyd wished him good luck.

It’s not clear if Alex moved on in the competition, but you can bet his audition will make the television show in January.

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