So You Think You Can Dance Picks a Winner!
Lauren Froderman beat out Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan for the title
Even an streak of injuries couldn’t prevent a winner from being chosen on So You Think You Can Dance – and on Thursday’s finale, Lauren Froderman, this season’s last leading lady, beat out Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan for the title.
“I can’t believe it. I’ve been the last girl standing for quite some time and to be able to win It’s just crazy, she said after her victory. “I feel like it’s a dream, and I never want to wake up if this is a dream.”
For Froderman, the “dream” includes a $250,000 cash prize, a cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the opportunity to be Gatorade s first-ever dance athlete.
After Wednesday night s strong performance show, it was anyone’s game to win. But there was no denying that Froderman stole the show. “They were all worthy, Adam Shankman told PEOPLE. “But there was something that was really great about watching a season that was dominated by male contestants where Lauren was still the last girl standing and she surged.
And Mia Michaels couldn t have agreed more. Girls Rock! she said excitedly after the show. Those three were the three to be in the finale, but I think America got it right for sure, she said. Michaels, who has been on team Boyd for weeks, said it was Froderman s ability to dominate every routine she was given that made her a champion. When it came down to the two of them standing there on stage I was rooting for Lauren, she said.
With Lauren taking home the ultimate title, Boyd was named runner-up, and this season s top male dancer, while Roldan came in third. “Coming in third means coming in first for me, said Roldan. “It doesn’t matter what place I came in, I was so proud of what happened and it s made me grow in ways that I never thought I would.
Boyd, on the other hand, was more let down with the results. After being the fan favorite from the beginning and constantly being told by the judges that he was the one to beat, coming in second was surprising. It was like aww shucks, didn t win, he said about finding out he was the runner-up. I think anyone would be disappointed because I worked hard too, but Lauren is an incredible dancer and an amazing person.
The finale featured a panel of seven judges, including the long-awaited return of Mary Murphy, and paid tribute to some of the most memorable routines of the season. Celebrity guest Ellen DeGeneres even performed fallen favorite Alex Wong s unforgettable hip-hop duet with tWitch as an added bonus.
“She blew me away, I wasn’t expecting it, said recurring guest judge Kenny Ortega. “I thought she was going to come out and funk it up a little bit and then kind of get funny and walk away. I’m coming after Ellen, I m putting her in a musical now.
Even though the season is officially over, the top seven dancers, as well as selected all stars and season 6 s winner Russell, are gearing up for the upcoming So You Think You Can Dance tour, which starts Sep. 19. I m very excited for the tour. It s going to be the coolest experience, said the cheerful new champ. I don t think it s going to be as same-y as we ve seen before in tours, added Nigel Lythgoe. And I think we’ve got some fabulous routines. –Mussarat Bata