Cat Deeley Q&A: ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
A four-time contender for Best Reality Host for "So You Think You Can Dance," Cat Deeley likes the idea of someday hosting the Emmys herself. "I think it would be a great, fun show to do," she said in our recent video chat. "I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would ever even be at the Emmys, let alone nominated for an Emmy, let alone nominated four times, let alone host them."
But even though she emcees a show about dancing, don't expect to see her own fancy footwork any time soon. "I'm terrible [at dancing]," she explained. "I'm absolutely awful. I have two left feet. I have no control over my flailing limbs … I don't think America needs to see it, in general. I think they would bleed from their eyes."
She may not be gifted on the dance floor, but she and the show continue to succeed with the TV academy. This year, "SYTYCD" is nominated for seven Emmys, including Best Reality-Competition Series for the fourth year in a row and another four bids for Best Choreography, which it has won seven times to date.
In 2013, the Emmys tried something new, presenting Best Choreography during the primetime telecast instead of at the Creative Arts Awards, where they're usually given out. In addition, the nominees in that race – including Derek Hough ("Dancing With the Stars") and several "SYTYCD" choreographers – put together interpretive dances inspired by other nominated shows, including "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men."
She enjoyed the collaborative dance work on stage, but she was especially proud to see "SYTYCD's" Travis Wall, himself a four-time Emmy nominee, among the honored contenders: "He was a contestant on season two. He didn't win the show, and he's gone on to become this amazing choreographer who on a regular basis blows my mind … for me that's a lovely thing to see, where you take somebody and you elevate them and you put them on a stage in front of other people and you give them an opportunity, and then they grab it with both hands and they run with it."
For consideration in the Reality Host race, Deeley has submitted to Emmy judges "Top 20 Perform," featuring the first live dances by the show's season-10 finalists. On picking that episode as an example of her best work, she said, "I just remembered having a really lovely time with [guest judge] Wayne Brady … he's very quick, and he's very sharp, and he throws the ball back at you as quickly as you throw it at him … I don't think there's any point in just submitting an episode where it's just kind of straight links to camera – it's all those off-the-cuff moments that people find charming."
Win or lose, Deeley knows what she'll be doing on the day of this year's Emmys: "Because we're both nominated for the same award, ['Project Runway's' Tim Gunn and I] have already agreed to meet each other … for a glass of champagne at the Marriott Hotel across the way beforehand." A few minutes later, Deeley's phone rang and she called out, "If that's Tim Gunn, tell him to order a bottle."