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Interview With Season 6 So You Think You Can Dance Winner Russell Ferguson

Russell Talks Winning So You Think You Can Dance

It's been barely 24 hours since America declared its new favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance: Russell Ferguson. The krumper showed an incredible amount of growth outside his chosen style, and won over both the hearts of the judges and voters. The busy champ had a chance to talk to reporters this morning to discuss his victory, his history with krump, and his next plans.

  • On being injured last night and then winning: At the end I was pretty much running off adrenaline. It was very stressful after that, because I wasn't able to do the final performance, which is important to me, but I got to dance the dance I injured myself on. My dad came backstage and was just talking to me and calming me down, and said everything was going to be OK, and I just went out there with my head high.

To hear what else Russell had to say, including why he pulled former contestant Kevin on stage with him, just


  • On why he pulled Kevin up on stage when he won: Kevin just has been with me through this whole journey. He's like a brother to me, and I felt like I should share that moment with him.
  • On his previous training: I've been doing hip hop all my life, and so I figured if I was going to take on any big dance projects later in life, I would have to learn other things to be well-rounded in the dance field. I did four years at Boston Arts, I did University of the Arts, so I got a good amount of training.
  • On his intentions when he auditioned for the show: I was just hoping that America would change its views on krump and what it was about so they could be more familiar with it. I knew I was going to be able to get that message across, but winning is a big bonus.
  • On how he got into krumping: It was love at first sight. Being on the Internet and looking at different trailers from the old documentary Rize when it was coming out — just watching that got me into it. I taught other people how to do it once I learned it myself, and it just spread.
  • On his favorite performance of the season: I would have to say the Afro-jazz frog dance. It was just really exciting and kind of brought me back to my roots a little bit. It felt real; it felt natural and great.
  • On what's next for him: I'm just going to invest my money and try to get into a lot of movie projects, try to get in some dancing, see what can happen.
  • His closing remarks: I just love America.

Photo courtesy of Fox

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mommie mommie 7 years
I meant "as some of us well know." Look at our politicians.
mommie mommie 7 years
I thought Jakob was THE best dancer, I was sure he would win. America doesn't always vote for the best as some of well know.
Yv Yv 7 years
Like I said in October: So I am very happy.
care0531 care0531 7 years
demarco- I think your right he had said he didn't have much training but according to the interview he had 4 years which he may have viewed as not much since most dancers start when they are young.
care0531 care0531 7 years
A couple weeks ago I said it was going to come down to Jakob and Russell and I feel Jakob should have won because he was the most consistent but I know how these American voting system things go and it's always the come from behind kid that wins. I felt the same way with last season I thought Brandon was the better dancer and I liked Jeanine but she wasn't as consistent yet America voted for her.
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
I agree on the misleading by the judges. But didn't they ask him about his training and he said he didnt have any at one point? I may have made that up. I wish it had been Kathryn/Jakob/Ellenore instead. Russell is entertaining, but they are amazing.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
I really like Russell and definitely thought he deserved to win as much as Kathyrn or Jakob, but I thought it was really disingenuous of the judges to tout him as untrained or "an unpolished diamond" in Nigel's words. I knew he had training at Boston Arts, but a lot of my friends had no idea. It's not Russell's fault, but some of my friends feel like they were misled.
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