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Artist of the day: Ricky Jaime

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The Tampa Bay area is used to seeing some of its singers become famous on shows like American Idol -- think Michael Lynche, Syesha Mercado, Jessica Sierra and Melissa McGhee.

But a dancer? That's a new one.

Nevertheless, it's been a high-flying few weeks for Ricky Jaime, the 19-year-old dancer from Riverview who found nationwide fame as a finalist on the current season of So You Think You Can Dance?

Sadly, on Thursday night's episode, Jaime was eliminated, costing him a spot among the top four finalists. But thanks to Twitter and Facebook, he was aware of all the folks pulling for him in the Tampa Bay area, including fans holding up signs of support at Tampa Bay Rays games. Supporters at the Carrollwood dance school where he teaches, the Centerstage Dance Academy, gathered at the nearby Burrito Bowl restaurant to watch the broadcasts.

And hey -- because it isn't every day a Tampa Bay artist gets this much national airtime, we think he's worthy of being crowned Artist of the Day.

For more on Ricky Jaime's journey, including his reaction backstage after he learned he was voted off, click here for Eric Deggans' full story.

 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 11:41pm]

    

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