Season Eight of So You Think You Can Dance ended with the crowning of Melanie Moore, the Georgia native who had been a favorite to win all season. Moore, who dances in the contemporary style, won over her three competitors with an eye-popping 47% of the viewer votes. Runner up Sasha Mallory received 32% of the votes. It was the first time in the history of the show that the top two finalists were women.

As the reigning champion, Moore receives a $250,000 prize and a cover appearance on Dance Spirit magazine. When the results were announced, Moore was overcome with emotion. Through tears she managed to say “Thank you” to her fans and to the voters while her family watched from the audience.

Prior to Thursday's finale, judge Nigel Lythgoe (pictured) had expressed disappointment about Wednesday night’s performances. “I was a little disappointed in the finale this evening," Lythgoe told Wetpaint Entertainment. “I think the shows in the past have been stronger than this week. The opening routine was a disappointment to me.”

Lythgoe did remark that all four of the finalists were deserving, and the results show Thursday night didn’t disappoint, with fan favorite Moore fulfilling season-long expectations from viewers. In addition to her prizes, Moore reportedly could be offered several high profile dancing jobs, including a spot on Lady Gaga’s world tour and a role in the upcoming remake of Dirty Dancing, according to People. At just 19 years old, the current New York City resident has plenty to look forward to when she returns home.

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