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Entertainer Quickie: So You Think You Can Dance Winner & Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

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So You Think You Can Dance Winner

With a  two-hour finale,  season 8 of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has come with a a new winner announced on Thursday night.

Judge Nigel Lythgoe has predicted from the beginning that a girl will take this season and he was right as the winner of season 8 was announced to be Melanie Moore.

Not only did Moore win the season, she blew away her competitors, coming in first with 47 percent of the 11 million votes. Coming in season is Sasha Mallory who received 32 percent of the votes. The 21 percent were split between the two guys, Marko Germar and Tadd Gadduang.

Moore has been a clear favorite of judge Nigel Lythgoe from the beginning and although there has been seasons where judge favorite does not seem to coincide with America’s favorite dancer, this season proved to be different.

After winning the $250,000 reward, asked what she will do in the future, Moore says she is hoping she can go back to school to study dance.

Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead

The next victim in the recent trend of rock stars found dead is Jani Lane, the former lead singer of metal band Warrant which found success between the late 80’s and early 90’s. Lane was found dead in a hotel room at a Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, California. His cause of death is still undisclosed by authority.

Lane, 47, was born John Kennedy Oswald in Ohio on February 1, 19 64. Looking for success, he joined the band Cyren as a drummer. He relocated to Florida to play in a variety of gigs. Eventually he found future Warrant bandmate Steven (Chamberlin) Sweet and together they moved to Los Angeles.

In 1986, Lane found his big break when both he and Sweet were invited to join Warrant. They released their debut album in 1989 but it was their 1990 ‘Cherry Pie’ hit that gave them superstardom status.

Although his exact death is still unknown, in the past Lane has made news for a drunken driving arrest, leading to the speculation that his death may be a result of an ongoing alcohol problem.

Photos by Ingrid Richter via Flickr

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