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.”