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Andrew is a staff writer at the “The Hudsucker”. He is a 30 year old lawyer living in Ottawa. Besides legal jargon, his brain capacity is taken up by reality show trivia, video game walk-throughs and room escape strategies. Andrew is also happily in a long-term, long-distance relationship. Follow him on Twitter as @sublymonal.

SYTYCD11: And The Winner Is…

Season 11 was a season that began with so much promise. On the heels of an unexpected renewal, Nigel & Co. chose a Top 20 that was young, versatile and full of personality. Tappers! Hip-hoppers! Ballet! And so much ballroom! I really thought that maybe, just maybe we’d get back to the show that it once was. Where dancers were challenged outside of their genre almost every week. Where the truly versatile rose to the top and where the winner was never predictable. But I should have known that all of that went out the door around Season 6…

In the end, we ended up with a fairly predictable affair as the one’s who gave the pre-determined winner a run for his or her money took the fall too early to create a finale worth holding your breath over until the last second. I will say, I was surprised that Valerie, the unsuspecting tapper of all people, ending up in the Top 2 alongside Ricky, but in the end it was Miami contemporary dancer Ricky Ubeda who triumphed and, perhaps, rightfully so from that Top 4. He was the only one of that quartet to conquered hip-hop and ballroom with ease and still shine in contemporary. Versatile and performance ability are the hallmark of a great dancer and he had both in spades.

I thought Zack’s routine with Aaron or Jessica’s routine with Robert might have pushed them up higher in the rankings, but it seemed like the result was already pre-determined long ago. So now, I wonder, will there be a Season 12? And, if there is, will Nigel learn from Season 11’s mistakes? Will he learned that the ratings might just stop slipping when the show injects some suspense into the proceedings by giving fair, balanced feedback and more challenging routines across the board? Or by eliminating the right contestants at the right time and avoiding double eliminations that, in the past several seasons, have always created mayhem? Or maybe bringing in fresh blood for the all-stars? Just a few parting thoughts. That being said, Congratulations to Ricky Ubeda! I’m sure he’ll do great on broadway in “On The Town” and be a presence in the dance world for years to come!

Credit: Fox

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