Injury Sidelines SYTYCD Favorite Alex Wong

Injury Sidelines SYTYCD Favorite Alex Wong
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07/08/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A week after judge Nigel Lythgoe said Alex Wong had the best hip-hop routine in So You Think You Can Dance history, the ballet dancer found himself in the bottom three going into Thursday's elimination, thanks to a possible rupture in his Achilles tendon.

Wong fought back tears as the judges announced he would not take the stage on Wednesday or Thursday's shows and would, at best, recover and perform next week. Meanwhile, the seven other contestants performed two routines each – the first with an all-star, followed by a routine with a fellow contestant.

With six men and just two women remaining in the competition, Ashley Galvan and Lauren Froderman felt extra pressure to prove themselves, which they did, according to judge Mia Michaels, who praised Froderman's cha cha and Galvan's hip-hop.

"We just have to keep stepping it up," Galvan tells PEOPLE. "This week, in particular, was the hardest week for us. It was an emotional ride adding on another routine and having two different genres."

And how did the crew get through double the dancing? "With an all-star, you try and get to know them as fast as you can, and it's totally two different connections," Lauren tells PEOPLE. "We spend every waking moment together so we already have that instant connection."

And, it seems, the hard work paid off. Judge Adam Shankman praised Froderman's performance for being "sharp, specific, and smoldering." He also said Jose Ruiz was becoming "one of the most beloved on the show." And although Robert Roldan has been in the bottom three for the last two weeks, Lythgoe said he disagreed with voters.

But fan favorite Adechike Torbert had an off night: After losing his contact lens on stage and dancing with blurry vision, Michaels criticized his jazz performance as "empty."

"I'm not here to dance for the judges," Torbert told PEOPLE after his performance. "I'm here to become a better dancer, a better person. You're going to get criticism and that's show business." –MoMo Zhou

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