Charli’s choice

Charli De­laney is danc­ing on to our screens again but this time as a host, writes Sally Ben­nett

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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.’’

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