"I felt like this was my time to go out and show the world what I do," he says.
At that point, most dancers would be ready to take a big ol' nap.
After 13 seasons, "So You Think You Can Dance" viewers probably thought they'd seen it all. Last year, he was featured in Sia's "The Greatest" music video, and he's toured with Travis Wall's critically acclaimed contemporary company Shaping Sound.
From "Ramalama (Bang Bang)" to Bollywood, Travis Wall to t Witch, it seemed like there couldn't possibly be any room left on Mary Murphy's Hot Tamale Train. When Lex showed up at the show's Season 14 NYC auditions with an improv solo in lieu of a choreographed routine, the judges were shocked—and then brought to their feet by his show-stopping creativity. In week one of the live shows, Lex busted out a super-crisp tap (! But now, Lex is officially a household name as America's Favorite Dancer—and has a first-class ticket on that Hot Tamale Train.
"Lex was the most well-rounded dancer out there."Despite his impressive work at The Academy, Lex faced significant criticism once the live shows began.
While his technique and performance quality earned praise ("I knew from the first live show that he was a contender," judge Mary Murphy says), the judges worried that he wasn't connecting with the audience.