So You Think You Can Dance closes out its 11th season with not just one, but two tap dancers.
In this unprecedented final, airing Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart are the tappers who join jazz dancer Jessica Richens and contemporary dancer Ricky Ubeda in the quest to be named America's Favorite Dancer. Who will win? Let's take a look at each of the finalists:
Why she'll win: After losing several partners to elimination, Jessica's "curse" was lifted when she was paired with Casey, and it seems that was what was needed to really unlock her potential. Since then, she's exhibited not only skill, but an excellent ability to perform emotionally that reads as genuine and mature.
Why she won't win: She's not quite as popular as her competition, having fallen to the Bottom 6 once. Also, it took time to find her footing, which could be an indicator that she has a lot more growing to do as a dancer.
Why he'll win: Have you seen the guy's extension? It's so sick that his female partners feel hard-pressed to keep up with him. Besides that, he has an effortless ease and vulnerability about him. Ricky is definitely in his element on stage, and there's a reason he's never been in danger of elimination.
Why he won't win: Valerie's popularity rivals his, and we haven't ever seen a tap champ yet. She's a dangerous breath of fresh air!
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Why she'll win: There's something just so winning about the girl with red tap shoes, and she's surprised us with just how versatile she is in every genre of dance she's been given. Like Ricky, she's never faced elimination and never received a harsh comment from the judges.
Why she won't win: Ricky is a force to be reckoned with, and the vote may be split with another dancer in the final.
Why he'll win: Zack is a charmer and has a certain loose-limbed grace that makes him appear comfortable and convincing in many styles, even hip-hop! This hoofer could be the great hope for tappers everywhere.
Why he won't win: He's fallen into the Bottom twice (thanks to jazz and African jazz routines), which shows that he may not have the popularity of his competition. Also, among the two tappers in the final, it looks like America is backing Valerie much more consistently then him.
The Season 11 So You Think You Can Dance finale airs Wednesday at 8/7 on Fox.
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