Here is the official statement from Billy’s family from SYTYCDism:
Billy Bell, 19, has dropped out of the show due to an unspecified illness. In his place, 21-year-old Hip Hop dancer Brandon Dumlao will join the Top 20 and will compete Tuesday (Oct. 27) in the season’s first performance show.
Billy’s family would like to thank all of the fans that came out to show their support for Billy this season. It has been an amazing experience for all of us and has really meant a lot to Billy. We feel like Billy made it through all of the tough auditions and now that the fun was beginning, he has to leave the show. We were all very disappointed when we heard the news and Billy was devastated when his doctors told the show that if he continued to dance on the show before he recovered, he could possibly die. It will take several weeks for him to recover and as a result, he will be unable to return to Juilliard as of right now. We are hoping he will be able to return in the Spring. Billy is still quite ill but was released from the hospital today. He’s feeling better but still needs to rest.
As of right now, Billy is hoping to re-audition for Season 7. He really enjoyed working with the show and had a lot of fun. Although he is sad that he will not be a part of Season 6, he hopes that the producers will allow him to return for the next season. If you would like to wish Billy a speedy recovery, I’m sure he would appreciate it. You can do so by posting on the facebook fan page or his facebook.
Thank you so much for sharing your love and support with our family.
The Bell Family
Billy was replaced with 21-year-old Hip Hop dancer Brandon Dumlao. The pinoy dancer will join the Top 20 and will compete Tuesday, Oct. 27 (Wednesday in Manila), in the season’s first performance show.
“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/judge Nigel Lythgoe said. “However, we are fortunate that Brandon Dumlao has agreed to return.”
So there’s not just one pinoy in So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 but two! Both Pauline Mata and Brandon Dumlao will start their quest tomorrow for the title “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
VIDEO LINK: Brandon Dumlao’s Dance Videos