‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Cat Deeley Spills on What To Expect From This Season (And The Next!)

by | May 20, 2009 at 2:18 PM | So You Think You Can Dance

The summer’s best reality dance competition just became the fall’s best reality dance competition. Fox has confirmed “So You Think You Can Dance,” a traditional summer staple, will air back-to-back seasons in the summer and the fall. Naturally, host Cat Deeley was excited about the development. In a recent interview she shared her thoughts about this season, which premieres Thursday, the sixth season (airing this fall), and some of her favorite things about hosting the hit show.

On Season Six airing in the fall…
It’s great! It means that the show is so popular and Fox is 100 percent behind it.

On rumors she’s leaving the show…
To be honest, I haven’t even heard of these rumors, so you’re one-up on me. No, at the moment I am more than happy doing the show and I love it and feel very passionate about it. I am doing both season five and season six.

On whether some cities produce better dancers…
It’s not that a city has better dancers, but that it has more dancers. It tends to always be on the east coast and the west coast because that’s where the dancers are professionally trained. They always gravitate toward those areas because that’s where they go for jobs. So we always tend to pick up quite a few people in New York or L.A. But the other cities we visit, we get these real gems that shine.

On whether she would ever be a judge…
Oh, god no! I have absolutely no kind of technical training whatsoever. I can see people’s star potential, which is kind of what we’re looking for. You can’t describe that, what makes somebody a star. It’s that certain quality that you can’t quite put your finger on. I can identify that. It’s when somebody walks onto the stage, and you don’t know why but you can’t take your eyes off them. Also, if there’s a particular dance that moves me, I can appreciate it. I can tell you when something’s magical, but I can’t tell you why.

On advice for potential contestants…
My advice would be to prepare your audition and be great at what you do and have confidence. I think they dancers have realized they have to bring their personality. With our show, dance is the narrative that runs through the show but the audience connects with the human element of the show. They want to know people’s stories, trials and tribulations, successes and failures. That’s what people really identify with. If you’re a funny guy, bring the humor. If you’ve got an incredibly courageous story, tell us about it. Don’t hold back. We want to know everything about you. It’s all about making yourself as accessible to the American public as possible. That’s what the judges are looking for… that star quality and the personality. Don’t hide it. Bring it and show it.

On improving season after season…
It’s the same show you know and love, but bigger and better. The stunts are bigger, the choreography is more impressive. All those different things happen on the show, and that’s what people appreciate. Because the show comes back bigger every year, the dancers are elevated onto an even higher position once the show finishes. There is a career after the show. The world is their oyster!