'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale: Why Ricky Ubeda Won Season 11
'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale: Why Ricky Ubeda Won Season 11
Kim Stempel
Kim Stempel
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
After an incredibly competitive season, So You Think You Can Dance crowned America's favorite dancer: Ricky Ubeda. Ricky beat out some fierce competition from Valerie Rockey, Jessica Richens, and Zack Everhart, Jr. So what does Ricky win? He wins $250,000, a part in the Broadway show "On the Town," and the cover of "Dance Spirit" magazine.

Why did Ricky take the title over these other talented dancers? Let's take a look at what factors may have affected the vote.

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Flawless Technique

Ricky has incredible technique, and didn't receive any tough criticism from the judges. He adapted to whatever style he was given with apparent ease. Of course, I am sure that Ricky worked very hard on perfecting his craft and learning new styles every week. In the end, though, he made it look effortless.

One Perfect Pairing

Valerie Rockey and Ricky Ubeda were this season's dream team. Their connection with each other was fantastic, and that translated over to the audience, and I'm sure, more votes. From their elegant Viennese waltz to their memorable hip-hop witch doctor and voodoo doll routine, this duo seemed to switch styles with ease. I am sure that being so comfortable with each other may have played a part in that.

One Not-So-Good Performance

Even though Ricky went off and delivered more exciting routines with the All-Stars, Valerie had a couple of less than perfect weeks. In the end, that could have causes her to lose votes. Zack had many great performances, but there were a couple of times when he found himself in the bottom six. Jessica also had some shining moments, such as her contemporary piece with Ricky Ubeda during the first live show. Unfortunately, Jessica also had quite a few less than stellar performances, and her spotty record may have caused her to receive fewer votes. Ricky, who never landed in danger, didn't deliver any performances that weren't praised by the So You Think You Can Dance judges.

Staying Humble

Ricky stayed grounded during the entire So You Think You Can Dance competition. He listened to any comments attentively, and also displayed his emotions after some routines. He stayed humble and didn't let all the judges' praise go to his head. In the end, his down-to-earth personality may have helped win votes.

Consistency Pays Off

Ricky had one thing going for him the entire competent: consistency. No matter what style or partner he was given, Ricky managed to give a great performance. This wasn't the case with Jessica, Valerie and Zack. They had some performances that weren't up to snuff. Ricky managed to always adapt to whatever style he tackled, and that speaks volumes about his talent, and work ethic.

As the winner of season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, I think that Ricky's technique, personality, and consistency all played a role in his victory. Bravo, Ricky!

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