August 11th, 2010
03:44 PM ET
It's certainly been an unusual season for "So You Think You Can Dance." We've had all-stars, injuries and a fair share of controversy. It all comes to an end on Thursday night, but who will win?
Host Cat Deeley was asked that very question, when she spoke to reporters this week.
"I think it could be any one of the three," she said. "If I was a betting woman and I had to put some money where my mouth is, I would probably go for Kent, but that's nothing to do with his technical ability. It's more to do with the reaction that I see from the screaming girls in the studio. I mean it's literally like Beatle-mania when he hits the stage."
Deeley saw something special in him early on: "I kind of knew he'd make it onto the show from seeing him in Vegas, but I didn't know he would get this far."
Kent may get the votes, but the "all-stars" concept hasn't been embraced as much by some of the fans. Nevertheless, Deeley praised them for what they've brought to the show.
"They've been invaluable to them not just in terms of their professional, technical dancing but also in terms of what the experience is all about and the things that you should remember. They're very good about giving advice too," she said. "On a personal level, I loved just having them back because I get the chance to see them all again. It's like they've all gone off to college and tWitch has done 'Step Up 3D,' and Mark's been on tour with Lady Gaga."
That sort of familiarity with the competitors (she often calls them her "babies") is one reason why Deeley's fans love her. "It was a very natural thing. I wanted to definitely integrate myself in there, and that's something that we started doing right at the beginning," she explained. "So if the dancers stood outside and it's five o'clock in the morning and the snow's coming down in New York to go and audition, then I'm there with them too. I wanted to be a part of their entire journey, and they're really great people in all honesty. It ends up with them coming around to my house for a 4th of July barbecue and hanging out and swimming in my pool."
Those barbecues can sometimes cause mishaps, though: "Kent got in the pool and did a somersault and bumped his nose twice. He didn't just do it once. He didn't learn his lesson. He bumped his nose twice, so the next week it literally looked as though he kind of cut open all his nose from being in my swimming pool. I was in big trouble with the makeup artists."
And what about all those injuries (Alex, Ashley, Lauren, Allison)? "I really don't know because in terms of the amount of time that they spend dancing and in terms of what we're asking them to do physically, there's nothing really that different from this season to the past six seasons before. So I really don't know other than to say it's been the curse of season seven."
"Cursed" or not, Deeley has really grown to love dance more and more each season.
"It is an art form and it can physically move you. It can give you chills and make the hairs on your arm stand on end," she said. "That's what never ceases to amaze me."
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