SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Winner Announced; Tour Kicks Off 10/1
The 11th season of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE came to a thrilling conclusion tonight when Ricky Ubeda was named the winner during the live two-hour Season Finale on FOX. Ubeda, 18, from Miami, FL, received the most votes and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine and the offer of a role in the upcoming Broadway revival of "On The Town." Ubeda also will join the rest of the Top 10 for the Season 11 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Live Tour, which kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1 at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA, and runs through February 2015.
Ticket information and more details are available atwww.fox.com/dance.
"To be named America's Favorite Dancer means that I have done what I had set out to do: to make individuals feel something through my movement. I am extremely humbled to know that so many enjoy my craft," said Ubeda.
Fellow finalists Zack Everhart, Jessica Richens and Valerie Rockey were eliminated as host Cat Deeley revealed the voting results. Joining judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy on tonight's show were guest judges Jenna Dewan Tatum, Debbie Allen, Tara Lipinski and Adam Shankman. Additionally, fans chose "Senile" (#SYTYCDskeleton) choreographed by LUTHER Brown as their favorite routine from the season, and it was then performed on the program.
In addition to naming America's Favorite Dancer, the Season 11 finale of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE featured a performance from Enrique Iglesias and Sean Paul, who performed their hit single, "Bailando," from Iglesias' latest album, "Sex and Love." Alsofeatured were performances by this season's Top 20 dancers - including a special performance by the Top 20 that was choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle ("After Midnight") and a Top 10 plus 10 All-Stars performance choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott. Also, hip-hop dancers Les Twins; Michael Dameski, recent winner of the Australian version of "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE"; and the fourth and final featured dance crew, Wanted Ashiqz, performed.