SYTYCD Winner Lauren Denies Romance With Finalist Kent

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On Thursday's seventh-season finale of So You Think Can Dance, contestant Lauren Froderman won (thanks to viewer votes) the coveted title of America's Favorite Dancer — but did she also win a new man?

Froderman and second-place finalist Kent Boyd caused a stir two weeks ago when they danced together in a prom-themed contemporary number that ended in a passionate, convincing kiss.

Froderman and Boyd, both 18, have giggled about the smooch, but is something going on backstage?

"Kent and I are just very close," Froderman told UsMagazine.com after her big win. "We definitely have a connection, but we're just friends!"

Phoenix, Ariz. native Froderman was the last woman standing in the competition for several weeks, and will take $250,000 as part of her victory.

The brand-new champ told Us it was "crazy" when host Cat Deeley announced her name. "I mean, ahhh!!! I felt like a little girl! I wanted to just sit down and cry but in a happy way! That was an incredible moment, and I'll never forget it."

In a season that featured a reworked format — plus two serious injuries that forced two dancers to bow out — recent high school grad Froderman beat out Boyd plus Robert Roldan, 19, who finished in third.

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