So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 Finalist Leaves Due to Illness
Billy Bell and Brandon Dumlao
Top 20 finalist Billy Bell has left So You Think You Can Dance because of a health problem, Fox announced Monday.
Hip-hop dancer Brandon Dumlao is scheduled to replace him.
Bell, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Palm Beach, Fla., made new permanent judge Adam Shankman cry during Las Vegas auditions. A Fox rep declined to offer specifics about Bell's health.
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"We are disappointed that Billy cannot continue dancing in the competition on the advice of his doctor and wish him a speedy recovery," executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement.
Dumlao, 21, from Concord, Calif., will join the show on Tuesday for the first two-hour performance show of the season (8/7c on Fox).