Watch: Jim Nowakowski, Jaja Vankova wow ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judges, but are they safe?

Arguably the judges’ favorite performance on Monday night’s live episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” was the hip-hop routine by stage performer Jim Nowakowski and street dancer Jaja Vankova (watch it below). Paula Abdul praised them for showing “endless possibilities.” Jason Derulo called Nowakowski a “bright shining star” and Nigel Lythgoe stood up and blew them kisses.

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

So they’re safe from elimination, right? Well, probably, but remember that Nowakowski earned raves last week only for his Team Stage dance partner Darion Flores to be sent home in an elimination shocker; our users had thought Flores was safe, giving him distant 50/1 odds of exiting. The elimination of Team Street member Lily Frias was also unexpected; she had 16/1 odds.

Maybe viewers and judges are so wowed by Nowakowski that they ignore his dance partners, which could spell trouble for Vankova, but for the moment, both appear to be safe according to our predictions. Vankova is a 100/1 long shot for elimination, while Nowakowski ranks nearly last with 33/1 odds of exiting.

In fact, Nowakowski is far and away our favorite to win the season with 11/10 odds and support from 48% of users. Vankova is looking pretty good too: she ranks third with 9/1 odds and support from 10% of users.

Below: Watch their hip-hop dance and decide for yourself if viewers and judges will keep them in the competition or let one or both of them go.

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’?

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At the end of each week, the eligible user with the highest prediction accuracy and most points will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate (if you qualify according to our contest rules), 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 after the first night of live competition? Sound off in the comments section below, and join the discussion in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.

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