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Destination ‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Will Wingfield, the morning after

July 25, 2008 |  6:43 pm

Williamwingfield_2_4188_lyf During a conference call with the media today, recently eliminated “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Will Wingfield opened up about his path as a dancer.  When asked why he got serious about dance, Will replied, “I think just wanting to be better at it, ya know. Wanting to be the guy that all the girls were talking about and the one that was winning all the medals at the competitions. I wanted to be awesome at it. I didn’t want to just do it for play anymore.”

Will answered questions thoughtfully over the course of the call, but it was clear that talking to us was the last thing he wanted to be doing.  And who could blame him?  “Of course, when you learn something like that on national television it’s a lot to take in,” reflected Will, “but I’m so happy for Twitch that he gets to stay another week and show America what he’s got.”

Will said that when things got tough on the show, he turned to his mentor Steve Brown for words of wisdom. “[Steve Brown] always had the right words,” explained Will, “no matter what was going on.”  Will was also careful to thank his fans for their “love and support,” pointing out that “it does not go unappreciated.”

As for Will’s much buzzed about James Brown solo dance, Will said it was a last minute decision. The song that Will wanted to dance to did not get cleared, so he was forced to choose from a list of pre-cleared songs. “When I saw the song on the list I was like, ‘James Brown, okay … everybody knows it and everybody wants to move to it. …I don’t want to stress about another freakin’ solo’ … one thing led to another.” The costume was even more last-minute.  Will sent his mother and girlfriend out to grab a wig for him right before the show began.

-- Stephanie Lysaght

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