Dancers deserve respect, Deeley says
SO You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley (pictured) says dancers deserve the utmost respect because they perform for love. Deeley, who hosts the US series that airs on Channel 10 for the ninth time, says dancers are not well paid but are passionate and dedicated to their profession. They dance because their lives would be poorer if they were not hitting the floor, she says. ‘‘Dancers are a unique breed of people and I really love them because they don’t do what they do to become rich and famous,’’ says Deeley. ‘‘They do it is because they cannot imagine their lives without it – and in this day and age where everything is financially driven, there is something special about that.’’ So You Think You Can Dance returns to Channel 10’s digital channel Eleven tomorrow. Guest judges include actress Minnie Driver and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The pair join co-creator Nigel Lythgoe and choreographer Mary Murphy to judge the performances. Deeley may admire the dancers but admits she’s no electric shoes on the dancefloor – unless it’s with her girlfriends or at a function. ‘‘I was taken to ballet classes when I was six, but I wasn’t very good at it. I go out with my friends and we bust a few moves on the dancefloor and I love a dance . . . but could I actually be a dancer? No.’’
So You Think You Can Dance: Fridays, 7.30pm, Eleven.