Two of the Top 4 SYTYCD Contestants Hospitalized
08/04/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Two dancers in the Top 4 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance collapsed at rehearsals Saturday and had to be rushed by ambulance to nearby Cedars Sinai Hospital--just days before the reality series season finale.
“Two went in Saturday and so there was no more rehearsals, and today Sunday all the rehearsals were called off,” ballroom expert and SYTYCD judge Mary Murphy confirmed to PEOPLE at Fox’s 2008 Teen Choice Awards in L.A. on Sunday. “The kids are completely dehydrated … two of them. I’m sure they’re doing a lot of blood work to see if there’s anything else.”
A source close to the show said that the two dancers are out of the hospital, doing better and will return to rehearsals Monday. Reps for Fox had no comment and did not release the identities of the two dancers.
Stephen 'Twitch' Boss, Katee Shean, Courtney Galiano and Joshua Allen are the four remaining dancers in the competition. Murphy went on to explain that in all fairness, “the other two dancers could not rehearse as well, and so hopefully everybody is going to be in the same boat… hopefully everybody will be refreshed by having a full day off.”
Leading up to the finale, the dancers have been putting in 10 to 12 hour rehearsals a day, because "they want it so bad," says Murphy, adding "so, they keep pushing themselves and pushing themselves and not letting anybody know that, ‘Hey, I’m running on empty,’ and then it catches up on them and then they collapse.”
The live finale airs Thursday on FOX (8 p.m. ET) and will feature a special performance by the Jonas Brothers. --Jed Dreben