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Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley Biography

Cat Deeley returns to British TV screens to host the second series of So You Think You Can Dance - a role she also fulfils in America.

Originally known as the host of SMTV: Live, double-BAFTA award-winning Cat has since carved out an enviable transatlantic career. She became Jay Leno's first regular entertainment correspondent on The Tonight Show, subsequently performing the same role for Good Morning America.

During her time presenting shows for British television, Cat interviewed Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Joss Stone, Tom Jones and 50 Cent.

In 2010, she hosted the TV coverage of the Help for Heroes concert which featured Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow in their first performance together for 15 years.

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Cat Deeley has a ball

Just weeks after returning to the UK to host BBC One's talent show So You Think You Can Dance?, Cat Deeley can't believe that this weekend marks the series final.

"I haven't had time to see everyone... I haven't seen Ant and Dec yet," says Deeley, 33, who hails from Birmingham, but has spent the last couple of years working in the US.

The presenter's Brummy tones are still audible - albeit with a little American intonation thrown in - but it is not only Deeley's accent which bears the mark of her transatlantic lifestyle.

"I've been doing the show here, then flying to Miami for auditions (for the US version of the show), then back, then to New York for auditions, then back to the UK again."

Despite the jetlag, the presenter says she is "having a ball" being back on her home turf.

£100,000 prize

"There's always a bit of trepidation about how the show is being received but it's been doing really good business," she says.

Each week, the dancers who have made it through the audition process are asked to tackle different styles of dance, such as hip hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, with a new routine.

Viewers vote for their favourite performer at the end of each show and the judges - Nigel Lythgoe, Arlene Phillips, Louise Redknapp and Sisco Gomez - eliminate a male and a female contestant.

The results shows have consistently drawn about five million viewers each week.

The winner, to be announced on Saturday, will receive £100,000, plus the chance to perform on the US version of the programme.

Deeley has been hosting So You Think You Can Dance? in the US since its second series - and is now recording the seventh season.

She is keen to point out it is a serious talent show, with few laughs during the auditions process.

"They have to have that real core talent... we push them to the very limit. You can't fake it. You can't help but be in awe of the dancers.

"I've definitely learnt a great appreciation (of dance)."

A contemporary routine during last week's UK semi-final featured a couple in the middle of a huge row.

Independence day

"At some point in all our lives we can identify with the moment," says Deeley. "I have screamed with people across the table, I have thrown books at people!"

Deeley appears to have a genuine bond with the show's contestants and admits she invests time to build relationships.

"I see the dancers an awful lot. In the US, you don't interact much outside because of fairness, but after the show, we hang out - they come round my house for the Fourth of July (American Independence Day) barbecue

"It's not mean TV. We don't want them to throw up, we're not getting them drunk - it's a challenge but it's a very good one."

Deeley is looking forward to Saturday's final, as she expects the the audience to "go absolutely wild".

"I can't wait for the final, they're going to blow the roof off the place."

So will Deeley return to judge a second UK series?

"We're waiting to see if it's going to be re-commissioned. I think they'll see how the final goes. It depends on when it is - there's a little thing called the Atlantic in the middle of us! It would be lovely to be asked to do it again."

Whatever happens, the US attitude to life has obviously rubbed off on Deeley as she sums up what the show is about.

"It's very much 'dream big'. You can be anything you want to be if you have talent, passion and are prepared to give it 110%."

 

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My Secret Life: Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley was born in Birmingham in October 1976. She made her name as a children's TV presenter on SM:TV Live alongside Ant and Dec, before relocating to the States where she is now a primetime television presenter and an entertainment correspondent for ABC News.

Deeley lives alone in Los Angeles but has briefly returned to the UK to host a British version of the US show So You Think You Can Dance. The live show kicks off tonight on BBC1

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Profile - Cat Deeley

Cat Deeley is considered to be one of the foremost TV presenters in the UK and US and is the current host of the US reality dance hit series of So You Think You Can Dance.

Cat is a double BAFTA Award-winner, and has won many other awards, for her work on UK primetime shows including Stars In Their Eyes; CD:UK Live (on which she appeared weekly for six years); SMTV: Live (which she hosted for three); Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, the V Festival (2004, 2005); The Brits; Record Of The Year; Elton John Live from New York; The Latin Grammy Awards and a one-hour special with U2, When Cat Met U2, for ITV.

During her time hosting numerous shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and MTV UK, Cat's many interviews include Madonna, Mariah Carey, U2, Prince, Marilyn Manson, Elton John, Joss Stone, Tom Jones and 50 Cent.

She hosted a weekly radio show, Cat And Edith's Hit Music Sunday, on a London radio station, and has made appearances on the TV comedies Happiness and Little Britain.

Cat also hosted the Prince's Trust 50th year celebration concert in London. This featured acts such as Annie Lennox, Lionel Richie and Pink. The concert was broadcast live across the world and watched by millions. Following this in 2007 Cat also presented the UK broadcast of American Idol on ITV2.

More recently, along with her work on So You Think You Can Dance, Cat has guest hosted Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in the US and completed the series Soundtrack To My Life and Peter Kay's Britain's Got The Pop Factor... And Possibly A New Celebrity Jesus Christ Soapstar Superstar Strictly On Ice.

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Cat Deeley to host SYTUCD

Cat Deeley is coming to BBC One to host So You Think You Can Dance this January. Now presenting her fifth season of the hugely successful series in the US, she returns with Nigel Lythgoe to present the award-winning format for the first time in Britain.

Originally known as the host of SMTV: live, double-BAFTA award-winning Cat has since carved out an enviable transatlantic career including being Jay Leno's first regular entertainment correspondent on the Tonight Show and subsequently performing the same role for Good Morning America.

Along with Nigel and Arlene Phillips, a rotating third panellist will complete the lineup each week to find Britain's Favourite Dancer while Cat keeps the proceedings moving along. She will be getting to work immediately, with national auditions kicking off in London this week. At each venue she'll be on hand to meet the talent vying to impress the judges for a place first in the top 100 and then the live, Saturday night shows.

Cat says: "So You Think You Can Dance has been a phenomenon in the US and I have been incredibly proud to be a part of it. I cannot wait to bring this show to the UK as I know the audiences will be as wild about it as they are in the States. Part of the appeal has always been discovering new talent and giving gifted dancers a platform to show off their extraordinary skills – being on that journey with them makes this the best job in the world. The fact that I'm now coming home to present So You Think You Can Dance in the UK is about as good as it gets."

Nigel Lythgoe says: "When we made the decision to bring Cat on to the US version of So You Think You Can Dance, I knew she would win over our audiences because she is so beautiful and yet identifiable. She continues to charm the fans because her affection and concern for our dancers is so genuine and sincere; she possesses a rare quality of charm and vulnerability that is sexy and smart. I have no doubt UK audiences will feel the same."

About So You Think You Can Dance

Dancers from all disciplines are invited to participate in nation-wide auditions which are now underway. Both amateur and professional are welcome – the only criteria are talent, personality and passion. The successful finalists will travel to London where they will compete for their place in weekly, live shows at Television Centre.

The series winner will receive a cash prize of £100,000 plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hollywood where they will get to perform live on the US version of the show. But in order to get there, competitors will be pushed right out of their comfort zones. Each week they'll be challenged to different styles of dance like hip hop, jazz, Broadway, lyrical and contemporary with a new routine taught by a different choreographer and mentor. And it won't be just the judges they have to impress: viewers will have the ultimate power to vote for their favourite dancer at the end of each live show.

So You Think You Can Dance was created by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe, and originally produced by 19 Entertainment Ltd. and dick clark productions, inc. So You Think You Can Dance in the UK will be a co-production between BBC in-house Entertainment and 19 Productions.

Interested applicants should visit www.bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/soyouthinkyoucandance/ to download an application pack, audition schedule and terms and conditions.

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