And in Episode 14, he and fellow finalist Taylor Sieve revealed that they'd been dating on the down-low (!!! To dance insiders, Lex's name isn't new: It first popped up in playbills when he joined the national tour of the musical at age 11.
, I got hooked on dance," says Lex, who grew up in Irvine, CA, and began training at age 7 at West Coast School of the Arts in nearby Costa Mesa.
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.
Though he made it all look easy, Lex faced a few challenges along the way, especially when it came to the physical demands of the weekly show.
"I think because Lex is so great, his routines were always really difficult, and that started to take a toll on him," Gaby says.
He trained in jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop, and dabbled in Broadway during the Lex won Teen Best Dancer at The Dance Awards in 2014 and Senior Male Best Dancer in 2016.
He moved to Boston and danced with Boston Ballet II for two years before getting hired as an assistant and choreographer with Break the Floor Productions, the parent company of JUMP, NUVO, 24 Seven, and The Dance Awards.
"I wanted to do what the other kids were doing, but I wasn't born to be a dancer. It took five or six years of hard work for me to be able to move like a normal dancer.
I call those the dark ages for me, but it was worth it." Eventually, Lex began attending competitions and conventions, including JUMP, The PULSE on Tour, and Youth America Grand Prix.
"We were all shocked and thrilled by Lex's audition," says judge Nigel Lythgoe.
"We saw some excellent contemporary dancers this season, and I knew there would be a real battle in achieving a place in our Top 10, but I was certain Lex was going to be there." At The Academy, Lex was drafted onto Season 12 winner and resident tapper Gaby Diaz's All-Star team, a surprise to viewers who expected Gaby to nab a fellow tapper. "Once I heard the All-Stars would be performing in different styles every week, I knew I wanted a dancer who had trained in everything," says Gaby, who had also performed with Lex as a fellow member of Shaping Sound.
"I felt like this was my time to go out and show the world what I do," he says.