I thought maybe 200 people would watch the darn thing. As of early last year, when I went through it, my stake president said, that asterisk will stay forever on your record.
The sad thing is, I think everyone is saying, “It’s just another gay dancer who came out.” A lot of my issue was not just about leaving the church, it was about me saying, I went through a process. I was even tempted to go to the old shock treatment that they had back in the day. You can still become active after this year, but there are some limitations.
Watching reality show competitions are a little bit like falling in love.
At first, the initial attraction is purely based on what you see, but as time goes on, you become more and more invested in the relationship, and do everything you can (be it voting or never-ending praying) to keep your all-time favorites in your life and on your TV screens.
Name: Chelsie Hightower Season: 4 Where She Is Now: Chelsie is currently a Dancing With the Stars professional.
She choreographs all the dance routines for her celebrity dance partners, which have consisted of Jake Pavelka, Michael Bolton, and most recently, Roshon Fegan.
He still has the bright-eyed, fervent zeal of a devoted missionary, but now he’s turned those years of study into a challenge for the Mormon church to consider the cost of its extremely slow evolution on gay issues. I’m speaking for the ones that have faith, and the ones that are rejected by their families. If there is a loving God out there, I doubt that he wants you to take your life.
It’s nice to be a part of a movement, a moment, that helped change your life or someone else’s. We all fear rejection from our family, faith and friends.
Homosexuality is relatively accepted in the dance world, and "So You Think You Can Dance" winner Benji Schwimmer certainly isn't the first alum from the show to come out (his Season 2 runner-up, Travis Wall, is out, as is Season 1 winner Nick Lazzarini and last season's runner-up, Sasha Mallory).
But Benji, who is the brother of "Dancing With The Stars" pro Lacey Schwimmer, also comes from the Mormon world--so his decision to live life as an openly gay man, which he publicly announced this week, was an extremely agonized one.
Whether it be American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, or So You Think You Can Dance, we’ve all loved and lost in one form or another.
And now that SYTYCD is in the midst of its ninth season, we here at thought it would be fun to check in on our past favorite dancing alums and see what they’ve been up to since leaving the show.