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Cat Deeley Falls for Comedy

Adam Irigoyen, Zendaya Coleman, Cat Deeley, Bella Thorne Disney Channel photo by Craig Sjodin

Cat Deeley admits she was afraid of taking on the role of a vice
principal in this Sunday’s (1/9) episode of the Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up”
series.  However, she notes, “I think when you feel scared of something you want to do, you should definitely do it.  Throw some obstacles in your way when you feel too comfortable.”

The bubbly “So You Think You Can Dance” hostess says “I hadn’t done any comedy in awhile, though it’s something I remember fondly.”  Back in her earlier years of working on TV in the U.K., she performed “topical skits of things that had happened during the week, pastiches of comedy shows.”

The “Shake It Up” part, she says, demanded physical comedy — and
contained an even bigger challenge.  “I had to play strict and stern.  It’s my first character like that, actually — very different for me.  I found it difficult to be stern with these kids.  They’re so much fun and so talented, they’ll absolutely blow you away, every single one of them.  I don’t know how they handle all the demands of the show and also deal with school and agents and everything else they have to do.  They’re so good I really did feel a little intimidated,” she says with a laugh.

The storyline has teenage dancer Rocky Blue (Zendaya Coleman) getting the idea that she’ll get more out of life if she hangs up her goodie two shoes image and breaks a few rules.  “She’s sick and tired of being the good girl.  She bubble wraps my entire office, the phone, everything.  When I came in and tripped and fell, I really, really did it,” adds Cat.  “I face-landed.  I said, ‘Be sure you use that one.'”

So, will we be seeing more comedy from the willowy Brit?  She’s certainly open to it, she says — including potential return trips to the “Shake It
Up” set.  “Doing this show was a combination of the right place, the right time and the right people involved.”

Cat Deeley Gets Quick Christmas Breather Before Plunging Back into Multiple Assignments

Cat Deeley

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.”

Cat Deeley on the Prowl for Style

Cat Deeley Fox photo

“So You Think You Can Dance” hostess Cat Deeley certainly has her own dance card full – not only with the popular Fox show, but also with her jewelry line. The Birmingham, UK-born fashionista started a slow roll-out of her line with a bib necklace in December. She’ll be introducing viewers to a new range of pieces on QVC today (6/18). She’d like people to know, “The thing is that I love it, I absolutely adore fashion and have since I was a little girl. It’s not like I’m taking something and slapping my name on it. I’ve really worked hard on this.”

Deeley describes her Cat Deeley Vintage line as “basically, vintage-inspired jewelry. Lots of times you’ll hear someone say, ‘Oh, it’s vintage’ when they’re asked about a piece of jewelry. If you flick through fashion magazines, you’ll see vintage all the time. But what vintage, what style? The normal, average woman does not have time or inclination to go out searching for great pieces. My whole idea was, bring all these treasures that I’ve found on my travels, adapt them, change their shape, size, color.”

Treasures? “When we’re out on the audition trail, I always go on the hunt for hidden treasures,” she explains. “I go into a city and – I always do research before we go, and find the best vintage places — then I out at five in the morning and by lunch time I’m finished. Or I hit the shops when we finish work on the show early. I always, always find treasures. New York to New Orleans, Miami to Memphis.”

Which cities are the richest to mine for such baubles?

”I like going to the cities where maybe people aren’t so clued up on vintage,” she answers. “If you go to New York or Los Angeles, there are a lot of people looking in the same places. But if you go to Salt Lake City or Memphis, or New Orleans, not everybody is looking for the same things.”

Busy Cat – who serves as her own stylist on “So You Think You Can Dance” — says “I might move into other articles as well, but this is a good starting point for me. When we presented ideas to the QVC guys, they said, ‘Okay, let’s start with jewelry.’”

MEANWHILE:  Cat admits that ‘SYTYCD”  revolutionized her view of the art form of dance.   “I’d get taken to the ballet to see ‘The Nutcracker’ at Christmas time and things like that, but I never fully connected with it before,” she says.  “On the show, you know, occasionally something really, really magic happens with the right choreography, the right music, the right dancers and you watch and your hair stands on end.  I didn’t know dance could do that.  I can’t tell you why in technical terms.  I don’t know the names of the movements.  Like any great piece of art, it gives you the chills.”

Deeley makes it clear she has no aspirations in the dancing realm herself.  Her talents lie in hosting.  “I do a lot of prep, yes, I’m a big old square about all that,” she says.  If she seems ready for anything, it’s due to experience:  “I did so much live television when I was back in England – a three-hour daily show, live, 52 weeks of the year for six years.”  As far as whether things ever went out of control on her old show, she recalls, “Slash once came on and, it was a morning show, and he said very inappropriate things.  But we moved on.”

Cat Deeley Happy to Have ‘My Babies’ Back on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

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“So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley is psyched up over the changes and additions on this season of the hot Fox summer show.  She’s especially happy about the addition of “all stars” — top competitors from seasons past the likes of Lauren Gottleib, Stephen “Twitch” Boss and Comfort Fedoke – coming aboard to partner with the newbies and help them do their best.

“It’s lovely to see them back – they’re my babies,” declares the effervescent Brit.  “I’ve been following their careers, seeing who is in what movies, who is going out on tour.  It’s like they’ve been out of college and now they’re coming back.”

She adds, “It’s really going to be beneficial for our top 10.  Their friends, their families, the judges – nobody can quite understand the pressure cooker that is this show as well as those who’ve been through what they’re going through.”  Of the newcomers, she says, “I keep reminding them to keep enjoying themselves.  Yes, it’s a competition.  Yes, there’s one winner.  But it’s also about having an amazing life experience and friendships that could last the rest of their lives.”

Deeley remains super enthusiastic about her role.  “I love my job, I just love it!  I absolutely love this show.  It gets better every season.  The changes refresh and reinvigorate it.  I love going live, seeing what’s going to happen.  There will be ‘must see’ moments and undoubtedly moments that go off track that will make for water cooler conversation the next day.”

Her delight in doing live TV began in England, where she honed her skills doing a  morning show where she put in “three hours live, 52 weeks a year for six years.”  Now it seems Deeley could pop up anywhere – like guest hosting Simon Cowell’s “X-Factor” when that British hit competition show makes its way to these shores.

Indeed, some pundits have all but signed her up for “X-Factor” duty.  But she says, “At the moment, it is actually a case of crystal ball time” as to whether she could turn up on that show.  “It’s not coming on this year, not even next year, but the year after that,” she reminds.  “Of course it was a massive success in the UK.  It’s a brilliant show.  I’m sure it will be equally as triumphant here.”