'So You Think You Can Dance' crowns champion

In this image released by Fox, contestants from left, Marko Germar, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore and Tadd Gadduang, from the dance competition series "So You Think You Can dance," are shown on Aug. 4, 2011 in Los Angeles. The winner will be revealed on Thursday, Aug. 11. (AP Photo/Fox, Adam Rose)

August 12, 2011 6:29:19 AM PDT
Melanie Moore flew away with the grand prize on "So You Think You Can Dance."

Viewer votes awarded the pixie-haired 19-year-old college student from Marietta, Ga., the title of "America's Favorite Dancer" and the $250,000 prize.

Moore bested 23-year-old runner-up Sasha Mallory of Bakersfield, Calif., and 22-year-old third-place finisher Marko Germar of Los Angeles on the Fox dancing contest's finale Thursday.

The powerful contemporary dancer was long considered the eighth season's front-runner. Host Cat Deeley said Moore picked up an impressive 47 percent of viewer votes.

She clinched the competition, mostly by mastering artful contemporary routines set to such tunes as Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and Ingrid Michaelson's "Turn to Stone."