Charli Delaney is dancing on to our screens again but this time as a host, writes Sally Bennett
CHARLI Delaney has a serene approach to surviving the cutthroat world of television. If it all goes wrong, she says she’d be just as happy being a yoga instructor.
‘‘There’s not a fear of failure when you would be happy doing other things as well,’’ she says.
‘‘Being in front of a camera is definitely what I love doing, but it’s not the be all and end all. If I had to be a yoga instructor, I’d be just as happy.’’
Based on recent form, don’t expect to see Delaney doing the downward dog in front of your yoga class any time soon.
She hasn’t been out of sight for long since leaving the successful children’s group Hi-5 in February after a 10-year stint.
Delaney’s next visit to our television screens will be Christmas night when she and Paul Green host a double bill of dance on Channel 7.
The bulk of the three-hour line-up is a special presentation of this month’s World Latin Championships in Melbourne.
It’s a gig that came naturally for Delaney, having been a popular competitor on this year’s season of Dancing with the Stars.
‘‘I’ve been saying to my friends, ‘when you watch this, you’ll see what we were meant to look like on Dancing with the Stars’,’’ she says.
‘‘You’ll get into the competitive spirit, as well as being entertained by good music and good costumes and the best Latin dancers in the world.’’
It’s a happy ending to a successful year for the Sydneysider, who spent much of it stepping outside her comfort zone.
Apart from DWTS, she was a judge on Channel 7’s Battle of the Choirs and played a big role trackside for the network’s Melbourne Cup coverage.
During summer she will be back in Melbourne, hosting FOX FM’s breakfast show with Nine’s Tim Campbell.
Though not under contract with Seven — ‘‘my husband and I joked that I was a network flirt’’ — Delaney, 28, hopes the hosting and presenting roles keep coming.
‘‘I’ve realised I’m one of those crazy people who loves to be under pressure on TV,’’ she says.
‘‘I thrive on it. It fills me with so much energy and I become even more passionate about my job.’’