They are obsessed with Ricky Ubeda’s feet - and so is the rest of America.
The 18-year-old from Miami won this season of Fox's "So You Think You can Dance" on Wednesday night.
“They’re OK,” he said of his feet in a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where the dance competition is taped. “They’re just average feet. They’re really not out of this world.”
Ubeda says he’s been watching “So You Think You Can Dance” since he was 8, but being on the show is so much more than he thought it would be.
“It shattered my perception of what I thought it would be,” Ubeda says. “It … enhanced me as an artist, enhanced me as a professional and enhanced me as a human being. It really changes you. In all of my dreams, I never expected it would be this incredible.”
And he never dreamed he would be so comfortable with the camera.
“I think it’s just who I am,” he explains. “I told myself I wasn’t going to let the camera really affect what I do. And the producers do a great job of making you feel that you’re just having a conversation.”
Ubeda and the rest of the Top 10 Finalists will appear at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade on Friday, November 28. Tickets to "So You Think You Can Dance - Live On Tour" are $39, $49, $59, $69 and $99 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at ArshtCenter.org.
Here’s more on Ubeda:
Grew up in Westchester in Miami-Dade: “I’ve lived there my whole life, and I don’t even know what the area is called.”
Favorite hangout when not attending Coral Reef Senior High School: “We went to the beach a lot and South Beach. Everyone would hang out there. Really, I was home a lot or over at a friend’s house, just hanging out by the pool.”
First thing he wants to do when he gets home: “I want to eat. I want my grandmother to cook me dinner. I want her to cook me a Cuban meal. I’ve gotten so skinny. I need for her to fatten me up again.”
Toughest part of the competition: “The top four was the hardest thing ever. We have so many dances. They bring in a doctor with an IV and oxygen. That’s why we’re so energetic.”
Average day on the show: “Every day is kind of different really. We have a call at 6:30 in the morning, and we start dancing, and we don’t end until 9-ish. We have lunch and dinner breaks. Then, we go back to our rooms and go to sleep and do it all over again.”
Favorite dance movie: “When I was a kid, I loved ‘Step Up.’ I went to the movies to watch it, like, three times.”
Signature facial hair: “I feel it just fits me. I don’t feel myself when I don’t have a beard. I was meant to have a beard. But I feel my real signature is my honest intention and honest performance quality that people can relate to.”
Judge’s comment that you will always remember: “A couple of things, really. When Nigel [Lythgoe] called me a ‘magician of dance’ that made me smile. And then, when Jaimie [Goodwin, former contestant] and I danced together during Michael Jackson week, when [Lythgoe] said he was so impressed the way I put my technique on the back burner and kind of went to this Zen-like state. And that really stuck with me, too. And last night, when he said I was going to be a great addition to the dance world and be a great ambassador for the show. I was really emotional last night.”
Dream gig: “I want to dance for as long as I can. I’d like to do company work. My dream is to be a choreographer. That’s what I really want to do.”