“Basically, I grew up in England,” says Cat Deeley, the vivacious host of Fox’s dance competition show “So You Think You Can Dance” since 2006. “I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be nominated for an Emmy. And, to be honest, I love the chance to get a frock and wear some jewelry and have a lovely time. My biggest win of all is getting to host a show I love. That’s all I care about.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Deeley above.
Her fans, however, might be a bit more concerned that the willowy Brit who is quick on her stiletto heels is so overdue for recognition, considering she was nominated five times straight between 2011 and 2015 without a win. Told she is like the Glenn Close of hosts, and she just laughs: “And here I’ve been Meryl Streep the whole time.”
One thing that the show’s viewers appreciate about Deeley is how she is not averse about making a fool of herself. When asked about the time she borrowed hip-hop dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s grill work that he used during a routine and put it in her own mouth, she says, “I do stupid things but I think the audience likes it. It’s that thing I love about live TV, that anything can happen.”
A memorable moment from last year’s 15th season found Deeley taking a risk was when dancer Jay Jay Dixonbey did a split leap over her head. “Jay Jay is probably 5 foot 1 and I am approximately 6 foot 2 in a pair of heels. I didn’t think it through in all honesty. But when I got home, my husband says to me, ‘You absolute maniac! You idiot! You could have broken your neck on live TV.” Of course, she says she is picking that episode for her Emmy submission in the category of Best Reality Host.
Fox just moved up the premiere of the 16th season of show to June 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Mondays with two new judges alongside Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy : Lady Gaga’s choreographer Laurieann Gibson and “So You Think You Can Dance” alum Dominic “D-Trix” Sandoval. Deeley sums up her role on the show this way: “My job is to be the everyman at home. I’m not a dancer. I don’t know the terminology. When I think the judges are being too technical, I’ll ask questions that everybody at home are talking about.”
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