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Lauren Froderman doesn't just think she can dance.

The 18-year old cheerleader is certain of it after being crowned the So You Think You Can Dance winner for 2010.

But while many viewers are happy for Froderman, they are buzzing over another performer on last night's episode: Ellen DeGeneres!

Indeed, the talk show host may not consider herself a worthy judge on American Idol, but she clearly has a place on reality TV when it comes to dancing. Watch her hip hop routine with tWitch Boss below:

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So You Think You Can Dance ended its season finale last night with two broken hearts, one dancer $250,000 richer and everyone in need of a crash cart.

The three finalists - Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman and Robert Roldan - danced eight routines between them, and the All-Stars got quite the workout, too.

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When the votes came in, Lauren was the winner.

The 18-year-old cheerleader from Phoenix, Ariz., pulled a modest upset over Kent, the judges' and fans' golden boy from the first audition of the season.

"There's a ton of things I'd like to say," said Lauren, battling shock, laughter and tears as her name was announced over Kent's (Robert was ousted first).

"But I can't!"

AMERICA'S FAVORITE DANCER: Lauren Froderman deserved the honor!

Despite being the only female dancer in the show's top six this year, Lauren proved week after week that she was a force to be reckoned with, even against Kent.

She couldn't be confined to one particular genre and managed to be sexy, feminine and technically proficient in ways most dancers, even elite ones, struggle to.

One awesome, random surprise of the So You Think You Can Dance finale? Ellen DeGeneres filling in for the injured Alex Wong to get down with some hip-hop.

The woman loves to dance. Wonder if there's something to the fact that producer Nigel Lythgoe is returning to American Idol, which Ellen just left the panel of.

In any case, congratulations again to Lauren (and Kent and Robert)!

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This summer, So You Think You Can Dance producer Nigel Lythgoe had this awesome Michael Jackson-dance-tribute episode of the Fox hit planned. He even had Paula Abdul putting it together ... until Team MJ nixed it at the last minute.

Whether it was Sony or the [Jackson] family estate, SYTYCD could not get the music cleared legally, as they must to use it on the show. Which is too bad.

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Well, Dancing With the Stars will be putting on its own show dedicated to the late King of Pop. The special Jackson tribute will air this Tuesday, October 20.

All Season 9 DWTS pros - including Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Lacey Schwimmer, Jonathan Roberts, Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff - are on board.

The late Michael Jackson will be honored on Dancing with the Stars.

That's cool and all, except for the fact that So You Think You Can Dance would have done a better job. DWTS' higher ratings probably persuaded Jackson's reps to green light it, but the late music icon himself would probably disapprove.

If he were alive, he'd be hiring his backup dancers out of the younger, hipper SYTYCD troupe (like winner Jeanine Mason) before the DWTS pros in a second.

DWTS' professionals are talented, but lack the unique, eclectic styles and wow factor that has consistently made SYTYCD one of the most fun shows on TV.

We hope we're proven wrong and Dancing With the Stars knocks it out of the park. But it seems like So You Think You Can Dance and its better production/direction, and more appropriate talent, should have been the pick to honor MJ.

Let's put it this way: Which show's cast would do the best job paying homage to Jackson's "Bad" video, for example? We rest our case.

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Jeanine Mason, winner of So You Think You Can Dance Season 5, chatted a bit with Entertainment Weekly about her recent victory on the Fox summer reality show.

Here are some excerpts from the 18-year-old Floridian's interview, in which she shares impressions of the season finale, breaking into the spotlight and more:

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EW: When did you get the idea that you could make it to the final four?

Jeanine Mason: I didn’t think I was popular for a long time. I was always hoping for top 10, to be able to go on tour with my friends. After that first time Phillip and I were in the bottom three, I felt like I needed it more desperately.

EW: After Wednesday, who did the four of you think was going to win?

Jeanine Mason: We had no idea. Towards the beginning we tried to play that guessing game but you can honestly never guess what America wants. The perfect example is Janette leaving. She’s like my big sister. I thought she was gonna win.

EW: You mentioned to [host Cat Deeley] that you’d had to work through injuries during the season. What happened?

Jeanine Mason: About a year ago, I had surgery to remove a tumor from my left elbow. I went through radiation treatment - the summer before my senior year, I spent every morning in the hospital. My elbow is much better now.

EW: Were you careful to never mention that you were in pain?

Jeanine Mason: I didn’t really talk about it because I didn’t want it to be what people thought about when they saw me. All of us were feeling pain.

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As rumors continue to circulate that Paula Abdul and American Idol may not be officially divorced just yet (or if they are, that a reconciliation is still on the table), new reports say that for $10 million a year, she'll still come back.

Well-connected American Idol sources say they haven't closed the door on her Season 9 return, even though they have not communicated with Abdul since her farewell Tweet earlier this week, and auditions start today, sans Paula.

Reports say Paula was not happy with the offer American Idol made to her but was willing to sign - just days before her supposedly deal-breaking Tweet of heart.

She felt "disrespected" by executives who had offered Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest a lot more than they offered her. That "disrespectful offer," TMZ says, was in the neighborhood of $4 million a year. Paula would re-up for $10 million.

So even if this isn't a publicity stunt, it does appear there's wiggle room for Paula to return at the right price. Or is there? Other reports tell a conflicting story ...

Here's where it gets fishy, though. An EW source says Abdul was offered a 30 percent raise, which she declined, that would have amounted to over $10 million.

That source says she was angling for $20 million.

“Everyone thinks she’s off her rocker to pass up money like that,” says one connected reality show agent to EW. “She’ll never get even $5-10 million on a start-up show. It’s never going happen. She may have overplayed her hand.”

Addressing rumors of an Abdul move to Idol's "sister" show, a Fox insider says it would be a boon to So You Think You Can Dance (which just crowned Jeanine Mason, 18, its winner last night), but there’s “no way” she'd earn nearly as much.

That’s why many Hollywood observers think she will swallow her pride and go back to the show that (re)made her a star. Even for a paltry $5-10 million.

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After a record-breaking 21.6 million votes, Jeanine Mason, at just 18 years old, took the win last night on So You Think You Can Dance, and the adorable Floridian could not be more surprised that she won title on the show's fifth season.

"It honestly feels like nothing right now. I just feel numb from head to toe. I know when it does hit me, I'll probably run around my apartment 5,000 times screaming at the top of my lungs. Other than that, I'm just so excited to be here," said Jeanine.

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"Someone asked me earlier if I ever had a feeling I would get eliminated and I said 'Every week!' Every week you think you're about to go home. I'm so happy that I didn't go home and that I got voted America's favorite dancer, which is ridiculous."

At 18, Jeanine Mason has a very bright, dancing future.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was also pleasantly surprised: "I'm delighted, I love surprises, and I think it was a bit of a surprise tonight," he said.

Known for her versatile talent and bubbly personality, Jeanine Mason was chosen by fans as the So You Think You Can Dance winner over leggy talent Kayla Radomski, technical genius Brandon Bryant, and Broadway baby Evan Kasprzak.

As for her nearest competition, Brandon, Jeanine praised him, saying "He is amazing. Brandon [Bryant] is such a strong dancer. I grew so much because he took me up to a level that I never thought I could go to. He made me just live there."

"He was not willing to bring down his strengths for me," she said of Brandon, who she calls more talented. "He's like, 'Jeanine, you're going to meet me there.' He's my Miami buddy, and we went up thinking, either way, it's a win for Miami."

Next up for the So You Think You Can Dance competitors comes a 40-city tour. After that, the top four are packing their bags and heading for L.A., except for Evan, who thinks Broadway could be in his future. Congrats to Jeanine et al!

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After rigorous auditions across America and another round of cuts in Vegas, So You Think You Can Dance has selected a crop of 20 fabulous young dancers for Season 5.

Who are these poppers, krumpers and tappers (all real styles, apparently)? Take a look at this synopsis of the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20 below and learn ...

THE TOP 10 GIRLS

Randi Evans, 23, is a jazz dancer from Orem, Utah.

Quote: "I'm really down to earth. I love to go camping and four-wheeling, so this is a very glam side of me."

Karla Garcia, 23, is a jazz/contemporary dancer from Oxon Hill, Md.

Quote: "For me [the biggest challenge] is the ballroom styles. You have to be very fluid and upright, and I think I'm more of a gritty, attack kind of dancer so I think that it's going to be a good challenge for me."

Caitlin Kinney, 21, is a contemporary dancer from Annapolis, Md.

Fun Fact: She didn't decide to hit Memphis auditions until the day before, but both she and her sister Megan (who auditioned in Miami) made it through to Vegas Week.

Quote: "I really want to get [Mia Michaels'] style and work with her and prove to myself that I can learn. I just adore watching it, so I want to be able to do it myself."

Asuka Kondoh, 25, is a Latin ballroom dancer from Irvine, Calif.

Fun fact: She loves House quotes.

Quote: "The [style] one I'm nervous about is krumping. Imagine me, this, krumping. That's going to be a sight to see."

Janette Manrara, 25, is a salsa dancer from Miami.

Quote: "America has only seen me do crazy flips and salsa moves, but they don't know that I have a little thing hiding in the back pocket, that I can do a little bit of contemporary and a little bit of hip-hop."

Jeanine Mason, 18, is a contemporary dancer from Miami.

Fun Fact: She turned 18 five days before her audition, just squeaking by the age limit, then made it all the way to the So You Think You Can Dance Top 20!

Quote: "I first started dancing when I was three and what got me dancing was my mom. She always wanted to be a ballerina, but she never had the opportunity to."

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So, Sabra Johnson thinks she can dance?

Looks like this rising star was right all along, as she defeated Danny Tidwell and all other finalists last night to be crowned the 2007 So You Think You Can Dance champion.

Here's an interview with the reality show winner from the show's official site:

How old were you when you started to dance?
16

Do you have any formal dance training?
Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, gymnastics, some experience in hip hop, modern, tap, and theater.

What other talents/hobbies do you have?

I can sew. I like to laugh, see movies, traveling, and languages (I don't know any, though). I have a talent of being pretty independent and being able to take care of myself.

* The Hollywood Gossip note: We wonder if laughing is a talent or a hobby of hers. Either way, she should watch Michael Cera more often to take advantage of it.

Who is your favorite professional dancer?
Roderick George

What would you like to see happen to you as a result of the show?
To have grown to be a better dancer in all aspects.

Where would you like to be in 10 years and what would you like to be doing?
Dancing professionally in a company or just dancing professionally period!

We wish Sabra the best of luck. She just better hope there are no nude photos of her from the past - such as there are of reality show contestant Jennifer Braff - to get in the way of her dreams.

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We're down to the final four on So You Think You Can Dance, Fox's summer hit and the younger brother, if you will, of the phenomenon known as American Idol.

We've been watching the series and can tell you that it's wide open after all four of the remaining stars turned in stellar efforts last night. Let's size up the ferocious foursome as we prepare for tonight's final So You Think You Can Dance results show.

Danny Tidwell (far left): Danny Tidwell, admittedly, isn't great at ballroom and hip-hop, but he's been called the best of the lot by the judges more than once due to his talent and energy. Must run in the family. The mother of (Blake Lewis look-alike) Travis Wall, last year's runner-up, is Danny's adoptive parent!

Lacey Schwimmer (second from left): Speaking of keeping it in the family, who the heck cares that her brother, Benji Schwimmer, was last year's champion? Give us a single reason Lacey doesn't have the spunk, energy, personality and mad skills to continue the Schwimmer legacy on the show. That's right, there is none.

Neil Haskell (second from right): This dancer - and gymnast - knows it takes a variety of skills to make it in the entertainment business. He sells his routines' characters better than anyone, and Neil remains the most popular with voters due to his charm, ridiculous tricks and good looks. It's tough combination to top.

Sabra Johnson (far right): We've learned this much so far - underestimate Sabra at your peril. She's been under the radar, but Johnson thrives in every situation and style - and may be the most versatile of the final four. The diminutive Sabra can never be counted out, and she certainly came up with the goods last night.

Who will be crowned America's favorite dancer? Stay tuned.

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