Dancers de­serve re­spect, Dee­ley says

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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.

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