Cat Deeley’s taking a breather – briefly – to go “home to Mom and Dad’s for a big family Christmas” in the countryside of her native England, with special company.
“My brother and his wife had a new baby two weeks ago, a little girl. He called and said, ‘Hello! Get your dressing box up and ready. You’ve got a little girl to play with,'” recounts the “So You Think You Can Dance” hostess. Besides baby Anna, she’ll be with her two-year-old nephew, Harry, and assorted other relatives.
We caught up with Cat as she was leaving a Christmas pantomime “in London town, and now the snow is coming down in the streets,” she described by phone. “Now I’m really getting into the Christmas spirit.”
She’ll quickly get back to work after the festivities are over, however. “We’re already into auditions for the new season of the American show, and we’re already in Vegas week for the U.K. show,” she says speaking of her dual “SYTYCD” chores.
Beyond that, she has her Pantene spokesmodel work to do in England, her jewelry line, a UNICEF trip to plan, and two shows she says she has in the works with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics “that I can’t talk about yet.” Also, “I’m working with Oprah’s old producer of 17 years on a couple of TV shows as well,” reports the energetic Brit. “So I have pitch meetings ahead in New York.”
Rumors of her joining Simon Cowell’s upcoming “X Factor” show remain just that, she says. “I haven’t heard anything. And I don’t know how I could have the time for anything else.”