Kathryn McCormick's bid to become "America's Favorite Dancer" came up just short.
The dancer from Martinez placed third in the night's season finale of So You Think You Can Dance, a popular reality competition on Fox.
Ms. McCormick, a 19-year-old contemporary dancer who graduated from Evans High School last year, was one of six competitors vying for the title. She was the fourth finalist eliminated before Russell Ferguson, a 20-year-old hip-hop dancer from Boston, was named the show's sixth champion. Jakob Karr came in second.
"This has been something that I will never forget," Ms. McCormick told host Cat Deeley during the telecast. "This has been unlike anything I ever imagined for myself. I'm so blessed and so thankful that I was able to share it with every one of you."
Mr. Ferguson won by receiving the most call-in votes from viewers after the finalists' performances aired Tuesday night. He will get $250,000 and be featured on the cover of the March issue of Dance Spirit magazine.
Despite her finish, Ms. McCormick earned a big prize as a top-10 finisher. The top 10 dancers will take part in a nationwide tour next year.
In Augusta on Wednesday night, supporters of Ms. McCormick packed Wild Wing Cafe on Washington Road to watch the results show. When it was announced that she finished in third, the crowd let out a collective sigh.
"It's just sad, but she's still going to go far," said Brina Setzke, who attended high school with Ms. McCormick and voted 10 times for her friend. "I think she should have taken it."
Constance Parks, who lived across the street from Ms. McCormick for 14 years, said she badly wanted her to win, but that she was still proud of her.
"She made it a long way," she said.
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