'So You Think You Can Dance' crowns Lauren Froderman champion
By Reality TV World staff, 08/13/2010
So You Think You Can Dance crowned Lauren Froderman its seventh-season winner during last night's live finale broadcast of the Fox reality dance competition.
"Thank you!" the bubbly blonde shouted after So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley announced her victory at the conclusion of the two-hour broadcast.
Froderman, an 18-year-old contemporary jazz dancer from Phoenix, AZ, wonSo You Think You Can Dance's seventh-season title based on home viewer votes cast after Wednesday night's final performance show.
As the season's champion, she will receive a $250,000 cash prize, a cover appearance on Dance Spirit magazine, and a role in Gatorade's G Series advertising campaign this fall.
Each of the three finalists participated in four duet dances during Wednesday night's final performance show -- two routines in which they were paired with one of their fellow finalists and two more routines in which they performed with one of the season's all-star dancers.
Boyd, an 18-year-old contemporary jazz dancer who currently resides in Wapakoneta, OH, finished as So You Think You Can Dance's seventh-season runner-up, while Roldan, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer from Thousand Oaks, CA, finished third.
"I just want to say thank you for everyone who picked up a telephone for me, and thank you to every contestant that I got to share the stage with," Roldan said after Deeley revealed his third-place finish. "This journey has been such an amazing thing for me and it's really blessed me. Thank you, very much."
In addition to a series of "judges' favorites" performances in which the season's finalists and all-star dancers performed encores of some of the season's most memorable routines, the finale broadcast also featured performances by indie rock duo Black Gold, dance crew Quest Crew, British So You Think You Can Dancewinner Charlie Bruce, 7-year-old tap dancer Luke Spring, tap-dancing siblings the Manzari Brothers, and a hip-hop duet by all-star Stephen "tWitch" Boss and newly-departedAmerican Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres.
"As a joke, I said this would be fun to do," the comedian and daytime talk show host said.