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Standouts from Nashville, Dallas and later Vegas week:
Ida Saki: Perfect mix of palpable emotion and flawless technique.
Nicole Knudson: Her initial audition was one of the most interesting and intense in SYTYCD history. Tyce Diorio said that Nicole was "the kind of talent that comes around once in a hundred years."
Jordan Johnson: Everything you want from a performer: passionate, unique, dangerous and addictive. His movement was his own, a combination of contemporary, hip hop, breaking, tutting and stand up comedy.
Alex Wong: The early favorite, plain and simple.
Billy Bell: His audition showed growth as a performer and a technician and if anyone can challenge Alex for the crown, it's Billy.
Anthony Burrell: Despite a pulled hamstring, Anthony's audition was lean, languid and masculine.
Jose Ruiz: Think "Legacy" without the over-the-top ego and talk about being insulted by doing other people's choreography, Ruiz breezed through both Ballroom and Hip Hop rounds in Las Vegas. He's definitely one to keep an eye on.
Adechicke Torbet: Adechicke is clearly one of the judges' early favorites, because despite a disastrous showing in Las Vegas the judges asked him to dance for his life - and survived. Raw, but talented.
Brian Gaynor: Remember him? His physical limitations (severe scoliosis) will never allow him to be a contestant on a show based on partner dancing. However, he and his dance crew will be making an appearance.