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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER-EVANS

AF­TER six years, you’d ex­cuse Cat Dee­ley for be­ing a lit­tle over host­ing So You Think You Can Dance.

But the Bri­tish model-turned-TV pre­sen­ter is any­thing but.

‘‘ I ac­tu­ally en­joy it more now than I did be­fore be­cause there’s an ease that comes with it af­ter do­ing it for that long,’’ the 34-year-old says.

‘‘ I know the stage like the back of my hand, I know where the shots are go­ing to be, so now I re­ally can just en­joy it and have a lit­tle play.’’

Also en­sur­ing things are never dull for the pre­sen­ter is that the show records live in the US; some­thing Dee­ley says she thrives on af­ter start­ing her tele­vi­sion ca­reer co-host­ing UK chil­dren’s pro­gram SMTV Live.

‘‘ I love live TV so, for me, it’s even bet­ter now it’s live and any­thing can hap­pen – and quite of­ten does,’’ she says.

‘‘ Peo­ple make mis­takes and you just have to sort of han­dle it in the most charm­ing and self-dep­re­cat­ing way you can and, hope­fully, it en­dears you to the au­di­ence.’’

This year to rein­vig­o­rate the se­ries even more, celebrity guest judges have been brought into the mix in­clud­ing Modern Fam­ily star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Will & Grace ac­tor Me­gan Mul­lally.

‘‘ Our aim is to con­stantly sur­prise, de­light and en­ter­tain be­cause yes, it is a dance com­pe­ti­tion re­al­ity show but it’s also an en­ter­tain­ment show,’’ Dee­ley says.

‘‘ It can’t all be about dance, other­wise it would be too niche. It’s just a case of keep mix­ing it up; keep find­ing in­ter­est­ing peo­ple and don’t rest on your lau­rels.’’

And en­sur­ing the show meets its quota of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple is a spe­cial visit from pop diva Lady Gaga.

‘‘[ It was] ab­so­lutely bril­liant hav­ing Lady Gaga on. She did her first TV per­for­mance on our show ac­tu­ally, so she was re­ally, re­ally sweet,’’ Dee­ley says.

‘‘ She came up to me and she’s like, ‘ I got my first TV break be­cause of you guys’.

‘‘ If any­body’s got some great ad­vice to give the dancers, she’s the per­fect per­son for it.’’

But with all the highs the show brings, there are al­ways the lows of elim­i­nat­ing con­tes­tants each week, some­thing Dee­ley ad­mits she can still some­times strug­gle with.

‘‘ In all hon­esty, you can’t not [ get at­tached to the dancers] in some way, shape or form,’’ she says.

‘‘ But you have to just look at the very na­ture of the show – there’s only one win­ner – so you’re go­ing to have to keep say­ing good­bye to peo­ple so you just have to learn to deal with it.’’

In ad­di­tion to her Dance com­mit­ments, Dee­ley has also been try­ing her hand at act­ing re­cently.

She had a guest spot in the chil­dren’s hit Shake It Up to im­press her god­daugh­ter and re­cently filmed spots in Ricky Ger­vais’s new se­ries Life’s Too Short and the Don Chea­dle drama House Of Lies.

As for the star mov­ing into act­ing per­ma­nently though, it doesn’t seem likely.

‘‘ If it’s the right place, the right time and I could fit it in with my sched­ule, and it’s some­thing that in­ter­ests me, than I will do it but it’s got to be the right thing, right time.’’ So You Think You Can Dance, Eleven, Fri­day, 7.30pm

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