The ballet dancer had been looking forward to two dances on the Wednesday, July 7 episode, but during rehearsals the day before he injured himself.
Wong and his partner Adechike Torbert had been practicing an athletic Bollywood number the day before when Wong landed and clutched his leg in pain. Wong was also scheduled to dance a foxtrot with Anya Garnis.
Executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe pronounced it a “ruptured Achilles tendon.” It’s not clear how long Wong will be sidelined. Soccer star David Beckham had suffered a similar injury and was advised to sit out at least six months.
When asked if he hurt, Wong replied, “Only in my heart.”
Replacing him to partner Torbert is the Bollywood choreographer’s assistant. As part of the new rules this season, Wong will automatically be placed in the Bottom 3 facing elimination.
It’s the second sidelining injury of Season 7. All-star Allison Holker is out for this week as well after hurting her floating ribs. She plans to return the following week.
We’re hoping Wong is okay, especially after leaving the Miami City Ballet in order to participate on the show.
Heal well, Alex.
UPDATE: After Wednesday night’s (July 7) show, Zap2it interviewed some of the dancers backstage. Injuries and pushing through them are just part of the dance process.
In fact, Robert Roldan reveals one of his injuries (but thankfully doesn’t actually “reveal” it), and then Lauren Froderman tries to call attention to Kent Boyd’s skinned nose. If you’re quick you can see the makeup.
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