Friday, August 13, 2010

Lauren Froderman wins 'So You Think You Can Dance'

'So You Think You Can Dance' is an American dance competition. Aired on Fox in the United States since July 20, 2005, this reality show has similar shades of American Idol. The seventh season started on March 10, 2010. The winner will be decided based on the viewer’s votes across the nation. The grand finale was held on Thursday and millions of viewers voted for choosing their next big star.

Based on the number of votes, 18-year-old high school graduate from Phoenix, Lauren Froderman won the title 'America's Favorite Dancer'. She was also gifted with $250,000 grand prize. Froderman had a tough challenge from 18-year-old runner-up Kent Boyd of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and 19-year-old Robert Roldan of Thousand Oaks, California who finished third.

The bubbly jazz dancer was well known for her ability to pick up hip-hop, ballroom and Bollywood routines effortlessly throughout the 7th season. She also tackled a wardrobe malfunction during the 4rd week of the competition.

The grand finale also featured performances from Quest Crew dance troop and 7-year-old tap dancer Luke Spring. But the highlight was a duet from freestyle dancer Stephen 'tWitch' Boss (season 4 finalists) and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, former 'American Idol' judge.

The 7th season was plagued with injuries that forced a number of dancers to quit the competition. There were also several changes in the format including narrowing the finalist from 20 to 11 dancers, adding last season contestants as partners and cool choreographer Mia Michaels replaced ballroom maestro Mary Murphy on the judging panel.

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