So You Think You Can Dance Crowns Champ
Melanie Moore grabbed 47% of viewer votes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2011 8:01 AM CDT
In this image released by Fox, judges from left, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Lil' C, from the dance competition series "So You Think You Can dance," are shown on Aug. 4, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (Adam Rose)
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(Newser) – Melanie Moore easily clinched the grand prize on So You Think You Can Dance. Viewer votes overwhelmingly awarded the pixie-haired 19-year-old college student from Marietta, Ga., the title of "America's Favorite Dancer" and the $250,000 cash prize. Moore bested fierce runner-up Sasha Mallory, 23, of Bakersfield, Calif., and powerful third-place finisher Marko Germar, 22, of Los Angeles. Moore picked up an impressive 47% of viewer votes, according to host Cat Deeley.

The spirited contemporary dancer was long considered the eighth season's front-runner, dominating the competition by mastering artful contemporary routines set to tunes such as Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Ingrid Michaelson's "Turn to Stone." The show's judges never put Moore at the bottom of the pack. For the first half of the final rounds, Moore was teamed with Germar. The duo impressed as dancing statues and grabbed attention with a smooch during a hip-hop routine. "I would push myself to the front of the line to work with you," director Kenny Ortega told her Wednesday.
 

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