She loves to boogie
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