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'So You Think You Can Dance' contestant Billy Bell leaves show due to illness

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So You Think You Can Dance contestant Billy Bell has left the show due to an undisclosed illness. The 19-year-old contemporary dancer became an early favorite on the sixth season of the dance competition series, joining its vaunted Top 20 after bringing several judges to tears with his solo audition. Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe said in a statement from Fox that he is “disappointed that Billy cannot continue dancing in the competition on advice of his doctor and wish him a speedy recovery.” Bell will be replaced by 21-year-old hip-hop dancer Brandon Dumlao, who will join the show on Tuesday’s two-hour performance episode.

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