Sabra Johnson wins So You Think You Can Dance 3

After “a record-breaking 16 million votes,” Sabra Johnson–who started dancing just four years ago, and appeared in High School Musical last year–won So You Think You Can Dance 3, becoming the show’s first female winner. Danny Tidwell, coincidentally the adopted brother of last year’s runner-up Travis Wall, became this year’s runner-up.

At the start of the third season finale, host Cat Deeley promised us, “there is absolutely no padding.” That wasn’t exactly true; hell, they had two hours to fill. But it was mostly filled with actual dancing, even if they were best-of routines that will be showcased on the show’s tour starting Sept. 21. The promised dance between Cat and Nigel was actually just a video of their cut-out heads pasted other people’s bodies dancing to “La Cucaracha,” and some unnecessary musical numbers also took up time.

And the show actually eliminated people, starting at the one-hour mark. First out was Lacey Schwimmer, sister of last year’s winner, Benji. Next out was Neil Haskell. And completely out of it was Paula Abdul, who was in the audience, waving crazily as usual.

So You Think You Can Dance [FOX]

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