5 reasons Cat Deeley is TV's most interesting host
June 25th, 2013
10:00 AM ET

5 reasons Cat Deeley is TV's most interesting host

For fans of "So You Think You Can Dance," Tuesday is a big day.

Not only does tonight mark the beginning of the competition phase of the season, but the start of the live shows on Fox will also bring a reunion with Cat Deeley, "SYTYCD's" beloved host.

Those who don't watch "SYTYCD" regularly might have an impression of Deeley as just a pretty Brit, but those who have followed the program season after season know there's more to Deeley than that.

While she isn't the only superb reality TV host out there - the Seacrests and the Bergerons and the Probsts sparkle in their ways - Deeley is the most interesting of the group. Here are five ways Cat Deeley stands out:

5. She has style

Cat Deeley always looks like a million bucks, and we have a hunch she'd look stunning in a burlap sack. But Deeley never dons a burlap sack, instead wearing one dreamy, beguiling dress after another. There are mini dresses, flapper frocks, shift dresses, vintage cocktail numbers and gowns. A former model, Deeley is her own stylist on "SYTYCD," and uses the platform as a costuming playground. It's all whimsy and dramatic flair, and because she's having so much fun with it, we fans can, too. In fact, one of the only downsides to the competition's shift to a one-show-per-week format is that it's meant fewer opportunities to check out Deeley's ensembles.

4. She rocks out

Not an episode goes by in which she doesn't dance. And the fact that this show is packed to the gills with elite, insanely capable dancers only makes Deeley's unwieldy and uninhibited attempts all the more adorable. She freestyles with the contestants at the top of each telecast, and jumps into the fray with show hopefuls - on sidewalks, in theater lobbies and in city plazas - while they're waiting for their turn to audition. Deeley can't help herself. She's game, and the dancing is just one slice of it.

3. She listens

It's the most basic thing, but it's not often you see it on TV (or in life, for that matter). The best hosts know when to just be quiet and take in what's happening in the room, staying loose enough that they can be in moment and use that as a guide. Do they need to ask a follow-up question of the contestants? Question the judges' feedback? Rev up the studio audience?

Say what you will about "Idol's" Ryan Seacrest being a slick, presentational android, but he's also really good at listening and responding. "Dancing With the Stars'" Tom Bergeron, too, in his dry, ultra-mellow way. But Deeley does it best. And by really listening, Deeley not only knows the right thing to say, but which of her many roles she needs to jump into at any given moment.

2. She's like a point guard

The best hosts strike a balance between being compelling and remaining in the background. Compare it to a point-guard in basketball, a position that's often more about assists than flashy point-scoring: without him getting everybody into position, the offense wouldn't flow. That's Deeley. She dazzles but doesn't steal the focus.

Instead, she makes everyone else around her look good. She draws out shy contestants and makes them comfortable enough to open up, she gently but firmly tamps down Nigel Lythgoe's weird-uncle tendencies when they enter gross, leering territory, and she expertly re-interprets Mary Murphy's remarks when they're weepy and/or unintelligible.

1. She'd do her job for free

Well, maybe not. But it certainly looks like it. She seems to have deep affection for the gig. Every aspect of the job seems to jazz her up, from traveling to the various audition cities in the dead of winter to chatting up the guest judges to bantering with and bumming candy off the studio audience (I've seen her do it). By the time she utters her line "Welcome.... to 'So You Think You Can Dance,'" it always feels like she's jumping out of her skin with anticipation and glee.

When a host has this kind of attachment to her show, it's not just endearing - it's flat-out contagious.


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  1. thanks for the call..send over

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    June 27, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. PRINT EVERYTHING--WHEN I SAW THE "SCOOPS" WERE 1/2 ASSED THAT'S IT FOR ME...THANKS.

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    June 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. May i leave please? We did our job once again--

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    June 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. this is 2013 if you meet a new gay man he won't tolerate this..

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. they caused the problem...i did not...your life will be in peace and quiet however she has too shut down her hearing aid and that goes for your future also

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WE READ MOST OF WHAT WAS "RETRIEVED" MOSTLY 1/2 ASSED AND 1/2 RIGGED THE RIGGING PART WILL BE CONFIRMED BUT 1/2 ASSED INFO IS CONFIRMED.

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BE IS THE MODEM...THANKS

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    June 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IF I TYPE IN CAPS CAN I BE A HACKER TOO?!

    Derp!

    June 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CAT--- AMERICAN'S WASHED UP HAS BEEN

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    June 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. THANKS EVERYONE KEEP PLUGGIN--MORE SHOULD BE CONFIRMED SOON....DID WE CHECK VIC?

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    June 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sokman

    I watched that SYTYCD show once several years back. Too many gays and blaques on it, in my opinion That Cat lady and a few of the judges are white, but that's wasn't enough to hold my attention.

    June 26, 2013 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. ELEPHANT BLAME....ITS ALL YOUR FAULT THIS HAPPENED NOT OUR FAULT.

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    June 26, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. KIM IS NEVER LEAVING BECAUSE SHE'S NOT DOING ANYTHING

    THAT ONE KNEW EVERY SINGLE CALL THAT WAS MADE OUT ON THESE PRIVATE PHONES AND TOLD ME WHO CALLED...YET SHE CAN'T FIGURE OUT IF A FONE ALL IS FAKE OR NOT....NOBODY MOVIN....EVERY

    June 26, 2013 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. SHE KNEW EVERY SINGLE CALL THAT WAS MADE OUT ON THESE PRIVATE PHONES AND TOLD ME WHO CALLED...YET SHE CAN'T FIGURE OUT OF A FONE ALL IS FAKE OR NOT....DAZ WHY WILL NEVER EVER GO.

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    June 26, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. paperwork from Cali and then we tell js at drinks what she did

    thanks

    June 26, 2013 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  16. used.

    as usual

    June 26, 2013 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  17. DavidBrown

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    June 25, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  18. The dating thing is stating she left--out we go

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    June 25, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cat's show sucks..

    no interest.

    June 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Cat's a bore...can we go please....nothing here to worry about going too "socialize" now hahahaha=-

    :)

    June 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Happy Couples Single or Married: most of them whine right?

    not familiar

    June 25, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. markista

    Same whining story different day....

    June 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  24. alictac

    this will be the funniest confirmation ever about the singer.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The singer...

    is attractive and takes care of herself.

    June 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Me

    WOW – one more moron trying to scam people for their personal information by posting a phishing website.

    You certainly are a moron aren't you.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  27. JaneBologna

    sings well but is not a good musician.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  28. I didn't mock kelly she did.

    nuff said.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  29. Judgement Bologna

    Would never mock anyone unless they mocked first....re: Osbourne.....

    June 25, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. JUST LAUGH AT THE HIPPOCRITE...SEE YOU LATER.

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    June 25, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. Me

    WOW – one more moron trying to scam people for their personal information by posting a phishing website.

    You certainly are a moron aren't you.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  32. Me

    Do you actually think that people will fall for your phishing "dating site"

    What a loser.

    Abuse reported!

    June 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |

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