Alain ‘Hurrikane’ Lauture is early frontrunner to win ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

Live performances by the top 20 contestants on “So You Think You Can Dance” begin tonight, and our users already have an idea of who they think will win the season: Alain “Hurrikane” Lauture.

This season of “SYTYCD” differs from previous years. For the first time, the contest has been divided between 10 “stage” dancers and 10 “street” dancers, with one dancer from each side set to be eliminated each week before a single winner is crowned at the end of the season.

Related: Meet the Top 10 STREET dancersMeet the Top 10 STAGE dancers

Stage dancers include specialists in styles like jazz, ballroom and ballet, while street dancers perform in styles like hip-hop, breaking and animation. Lauture is a street dancer who specializes in locking. The 29-year-old from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has no formal dance training, but he leads our early predictions with 12/5 odds.

Who are his top competitors? Below are his closest rivals according to our users’ predictions:

Jim Nowakowski (Stage)
Odds to win: 11/2
Nowakowski is a 26-year-old ballet dancer from Rochester, New York. He has also been trained in contemporary dance.

Jaja Vankova (Street)
Odds to win: 8/1
Vankova “was going to be a lawyer before dance changed up my life plans.” The 23-year-old street dancer from the Czech Republic specializes in krump, but she has “very little” formal training.

Hailee Payne (Stage)
Odds to win: 14/1
Payne is a stage dancer who specializes in jazz. The 20-year-old has also been trained in ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, tap and ballroom. That versatility may make her a force to be reckoned with.

Moises Parra (Stage)
Odds to win: 25/1
At age 18, Parra is one of this season’s youngest dancers. He was formally trained at Elevation Studios and specializes in contemporary dance.

Do you already think you know who will win?

In our “So You Think You Can Dancepredictions center, you get to answer the following questions each week:

Which STAGE dancer will be eliminated?

Which STREET dancer will be eliminated?

Which STAGE dancer will be in the bottom but safe?

Which STREET dancer will be in the bottom but safe?

Who will win ‘So You Think You Can Dance’?

At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate, so it’s beneficial to keep coming back often and making/updating your predictions.

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