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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the So You Think You Can Dance finale]

After a high-energy finale — which featured a rousing performance from Ellen DeGeneres and the return of injured contestant Alex Wong — America has crowned the seventh winner of So You Think You Can Dance.

And the new champ is ...

Lauren Froderman.

The 18-year-old contemporary jazz dancer from Phoenix edged out Kent Boyd for the top spot. Froderman was a fan favorite from the beginning — and was the last woman standing in the competition.

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"I cannot believe it," Froderman said backstage. "I have been the last girl standing for quite some time, so to be able to win — it's just crazy. I feel like it's a dream. I never want to wake up if this is a dream.

"I felt like a little girl, I just wanted to sit down and cry, but in a happy way," Froderman said, describing how she felt when host Cat Deeley announced her as Season 7's winner. "I will never forget that."

While Boyd was disappointed he didn't win, he said he was still very happy when Lauren's name was announced. "It was like: Ah shucks, didn't win," he said. "But then you look over at Lauren and you realize she's an amazing person and she is an incredible dancer."

Throughout the competition, Boyd's had strong fan support, especially from younger girls. "Whenever we've been out on the stage before, when Kent [is out there], the girls have gone crazy," Deeley said. "I have to admit, it's been like Beatle-mania."

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But judge Adam Shankman noted, "When young women saw Lauren, her power, consistency and talent... I think 'you're the cute boy' vote went to 'you're our hero' vote."

"I think America totally got it right," judge Mia Michaels added. "She just flourished in a man's world this year."

Fans will always wonder, however, whether Wong would've been the last man standing had he not lacerated his Achilles tendon. Wong was wheeled out in the finale's opening number to huge applause.

"It's fair to say that the shadow of Alex Wong will always be across this season," judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said. "However... Lauren deserved to win on the strength of what she's done across the season. Even had Alex been there, she would still have been a deserving winner."

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Wong's most memorable number was also recreated in the finale. This time, DeGeneres took a spin on stage with Stephen "tWitch" Boss for the hip-hop number that wowed viewers in the competition's third week.

Robert Roldan, 20, came in third. "Coming in third means coming in first for me," he said. "For people to realize what I love to do, and for them to respect that and pick up a phone and vote for me means the world to me. It doesn't matter what place I came in. I was so proud of what happened through this whole entire season. It's made me grow in ways that I never thought I would."

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