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Ricky Ubeda named 'America's favorite dancer' on season 11 finale of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Thu, Sep 4th 2014 06:20 pm
`So You Think You Can Dance` season 11 finale: Host Cat Deeley, left, announces winning contestant Ricky Ubeda, center, with runner-up Valerie Rockey. (FOX photo by Adam Rose)
"So You Think You Can Dance" season 11 finale: Host Cat Deeley, left, announces winning contestant Ricky Ubeda, center, with runner-up Valerie Rockey. (FOX photo by Adam Rose)

"So You Think You Can Dance" tour kicks off in New Orleans Oct. 1

The 11th season of "So You Think You Can Dance" came to a thrilling conclusion Wednesday when Ricky Ubeda was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Ubeda, 18, from Miami, 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, and runs through February 2015. Ticket information and more details are available at www.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," Ubeda said.

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 the 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.

Also featured were performances by this season's top 20 dancers - including a special performance by 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. 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, too.

Fans can visit the official "So You Think You Can Dance" site at www.fox.com/dance to view exclusive videos and photos; "Like" "SYTYCD" on Facebook at facebook.com/SoYouThinkYouCanDance; follow the series on Twitter @DANCEonFOX; join the discussion using #sytycd; and follow Deeley at @catdeeley, and judges Lythgoe @dizzyfeet and Murphy @hottamaletrain.

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