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SABRA JOHNSON IS AMERICA'S FAVORITE DANCER
NEIL HASKELL, LACEY SCHWIMMER AND DANNY TIDWELL ELIMINATED
AS AMERICA'S VOTE IS REVEALED
ON THE SEASON FINALE OF "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE"
The third season of the smash summer hit SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE came to a spectacular conclusion as Sabra Johnson was named the champion on the live two-hour season finale tonight on FOX. Johnson, 20, a Contemporary dancer from Roy, UT, received the most votes after last night's final performance show and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000 and the title of America's Favorite Dancer.
Johnson's fellow finalists � Neil Haskell, Lacey Schwimmer and Danny Tidwell � were eliminated as host Cat Deeley revealed the voting results. A new record was set with over 16 million votes cast after last night's show, on which the Final 4 contestants each performed three couples routines and one solo dance.
On tonight's season finale, pop/rock artist Ryan Cabrera sang "I Will Remember You" � the season-long "goodbye" song played in tribute to dancers voted off the show � and Pussycat Dolls lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger had the studio audience grooving to her performance of "Whatever U Like" from her forthcoming solo album.
The finale also featured group routines by the Top 20, Top 10 and Top 8 dancers; special guest performances by two memorable auditioners, clogger Brandon Norris and diminutive pop/lock dancer Brian Gaynor; encore performances of the judges' and choreographers' favorite couples dances of the season; and even an animated video "dance" by Cat Deeley and Nigel Lythgoe.
An instant hit, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Wednesday and Thursday are the No 1 shows in their respective time periods among most major demographics. Starting September 21, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE goes on the road for a 50-city tour featuring this season's Top 10 dancers. Fans in cities around the country will have a chance to see their favorite dancers in person. Tickets went on sale August 11 and quickly sold out in several cities; check fox.com/dance for additional information and updates.
Emmy-nominated SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe and comes from 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions. It is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe and Barry Adelman.
About 19 Entertainment
19 Entertainment, Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CKX, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKXE), was founded by Simon Fuller 21 years ago and acquired by CKX in March 2005. The company is recognized as a leading creator, provider and promoter of globally successful, music-based entertainment, or "Entertainment Brands." Fuller, who serves as Chief Executive Officer of 19 Entertainment, is the creator of Emmy-nominated AMERICAN IDOL in the United States and "Pop Idol" in the UK, as well as versions of the IDOL format in more than 30 countries around the world. Fuller has made music history in the UK and the U.S., producing a stream of No. 1 hits and managing multi-platinum-selling acts. He became the world's most successful manager � breaking a record set by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s � when three of his artists occupied the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions on the U.S. singles chart as well as the No. 1 position on the album chart. 19 Entertainment has been involved in the creation of 109 No. 1 singles and 87 No. 1 albums in the UK alone, with an impressive tally of 296 Top-40 albums and 465 Top-40 singles.
About dick clark productions
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions has grown to become a leading independent producer of a wide range of TV programming for broadcast/cable networks, distributors and advertisers. The Company has produced thousands of shows and specials in all genres and for all day parts, including such perennial hits as "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," the "American Music Awards," the "Golden Globe Awards," the "Bloopers" specials and series, the "Daytime Emmy Awards," the "Academy of Country Music Awards" and the recent "Disney's American Teacher Awards," among others. The Company also is a leading creator of award-winning communications experiences from live events and meetings to integrated marketing programs for major corporations.