Michael wins So You Think You Can Dance Australia
He blew viewers away with a stunning routine, now 18yo Michael Dameski has won TEN's Dance contest.
He defeated Lauren Seymour for the championship title while Renelle Jones and Jay Johns were equal runners-up.
Dameski, from New South Wales, wins a cash prize of $100,000 and the choice of one of three dance career opportunities including an international season of Burn The Floor choreographed by judge Jason Gilkison.
Dameski, who appeared as a child performer in Billy Elliot The Musical, undoubtedly secured votes with his breathtaking routine last week which lit up social media.
Co-creator Nigel Lythgoe tweeted: “One of the best #DanceForYourLife performances I have ever seen on #SYTYCDAU, or anywhere for that matter!”.
“This experience has changed my life. I never expected to make it this far, let alone become Australia’s Favourite Dancer,” Dameski said. “I have learnt and grown so much as a performer throughout this journey. The gift of this show, is that it allows you to be recognised for what you have devoted your life to.”
Paula Abdul added: “I knew Michael would win. He’s fearless and ferocious. His commitment to excellence was evident throughout the competition. His performances were like a spotlight at a Hollywood premiere, drawing our attention like a pack of paparazzi.”
TEN’s Grand Final, which included the Live winner announcement, featured Jason Derulo, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Tap Dogs and former contestants.
The level of talent by the young dancers belied the ratings the show has attracted for TEN, and its future is not readily apparent.
Regardless, its mission to uncover a star is hard to deny.