So You Think You Can Dance Winner Was ‘Ready to Take Second’

Melanie Moore

James Dimmock/FOX

updated 08/12/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 08/12/2011 AT 8:45 AM ET

Fresh off being named America’s Favorite Dancer on Thursday night, So You Think You Can Dance season 8 winner Melanie Moore was still recovering from the shock of her victory that to many viewers had been a forgone conclusion since the beginning of the season.

“I was ready to take second [place] very graciously. In my head I really thought Sasha was going to win,” Moore told reporters of her fellow finalist moments after the winner was announced. “Just being up there and being named one of the final two I was like, ‘Wait, is this really happening?’ I just started crying.”

She also cried over her family’s flying in to be with her for the finale.

“[The show] sort of has brought us all back together,” said Moore, 19. “We haven’t really been that close with my dad’s side of the family – especially after he passed away when I was 12 – but we’ve heard so much from them and they’ve been so supportive.”

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