Alex Wong fans were devastated when the classically-trained ballet dancer failed to return to So You Think You Can Dance Season 8.
The favorite to win Season 7 sustained an injury following his show-stopping hip-hop routine with Twitch, making him disqualified from the competition. But Nigel Lythgoe promised Wong a place in this year's top 10. Unfortunately, Wong said via Twitter that he did not recover in time for Vegas week.
But SYTYCD zealots may have found a replacement for Wong in Marko Germar. The contemporary dancer, originally from Guam, is like Alex Wong light.
Germar came to SYTYCD this season with one of the most touching stories, not only of Season 8, but possibly in all of SYTYCD history.
Germar moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to pursue a career in dance and worked for a year in Disneyland as a dancer for "Aladdin" The Musical Spectacular.
But while Wong has extensive dance training, formerly a principal in Miami City Ballet, Germar is raw talent.
Germar's nine years of training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop and gymnastics were sporadic due to the lack of dance instructors in Guam and his inability to pay for extensive instruction.
In fact, Germar began his dance career on the streets, where he learned how to do hip-hop tricks on concrete.
Germar's pure talent is further highlighted in his partnership with contemporary dancer Melanie Moore. This week, the power-house couple performed a Napoleon and Tabitha lyrical hip-hop routine. Germar's hip-hop roots were evident in this powerful piece about a friendship-turned-romance.
The couple also wowed the judges in week one with their Travis Wall "Turn To Stone" contemporary piece.
Aside from Germar's dancing abilities, which rival that of Wong's, he can also be Wong's doppelganger.
Germar truly has the ability to go far in the competition, and at this point is poised to be a finalist. Here's hoping he doesn't suffer the same fate as Wong.