‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Hailee Payne is season 12’s unsung hero (Video)

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Hailee Payne has become my favorite dancer for Team Stage on "So You Think You Can Dance" this season, but she landed in the bottom two Monday night despite week after week of consistent performances. Will she be eliminated from the show next week, or will her consistency pay off?

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On Monday night, her teammate Jim Nowakowski performed a hip-hop routine that the judges criticized; it was the second week in a row that they faulted him for lacking connection to the character and story of his dance. The ballet specialist has had trouble finding his inner hip-hop star before, but he has never been among the bottom dancers since live shows began.

Meanwhile, while Nowakowski struggled to find his swagger, Payne unleashed her inner Missy Elliott during her own showstopping hip-hop dance, in which she held her own with all-star dance partner and past "SYTYCD" champ Fik-Shun (watch their performance below). She has never struggled with the character of a dance, so why did she struggle for viewer votes this week?

As of this writing, 64% of our users think she will be eliminated and none of our users think she'll win the season. Can she prove them wrong? Watch her performance from Monday night below, then make your predictions.

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In our "So You Think You Can Dance" predictions 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.

Which dancers do you like (and dislike) the most? Are you on Team Stage or Team Street? Sound off in the comments section below, and join the discussion in Gold Derby's reality TV forum.

Photo: Hailee Payne and Fik-Shun perform in "Top 8 Week." Credit: Mike Yarish/FOX

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