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Interview with Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX 5/9/13

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FBC PUBLICITY: So You Think You Can Dance
May 9, 2013/11:00 a.m. PDT

Alex Gillespie
Cat Deeley


Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to the So You Think You Can Dance Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, weíll conduct a question and answer session. (Instructions given.) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to our host, Alex Gillespie. Please go ahead.

A. Gillespie: Good morning, everyone. Thank you so much for joining us. I just want remind everybody that we are entering our 10th Season of So You Think You Can Dance, which debuts with a special two-night premiere on Tuesday, May 14th from 8:00 to 9:00 and Wednesday, May 15th from 9:00 to 10:00 on FOX.

We have photos available on our FOX FLASH website along with an EPK and video.

Without further ado, Iíd like to introduce our host, Cat Deeley.

C. Deeley: Good morning.

A. Gillespie: We can start off with questions.

Moderator: Thank you. (Instructions given.) Our first question comes from Jim Halterman from

J. Halterman: Hello, Cat. Good morning.

C. Deeley: Good morning, Jim.

J. Halterman: How are you?

C. Deeley: Trust you to be first. Very nice to talk to you, hon.

J. Halterman: Same here. Here we are again, another season of So You Think You Can Dance. Talk to me about whatís the format going to be this year? I know we have a two-night premiere, but whatís the rest of the season going to look like? Will it just be one night? Will we do some second nights? What do you think?

C. Deeley: To be honest, Jim, I am purely the monkey; you need to be asking the organ grinder. We are definitely going to do a couple of nights for the premiere. Then, I think weíre going to kind of see how it plays out, in all honesty.

When we come to the studio show, there wonít be a results show as in the last season. I think some of them might be two hours long and all those kinds of things. Itís a big moving feast, as they say.

J. Halterman: Okay. I know weíve talked about this a little bit, but you know since youíve been through all the kind of different formats Nigelís tried the last few years, what do you prefer? Whatís, I guess, the easier thing for you or at least you think makes for a better show?

C. Deeley: Well, I actually think that combining the results and the performance show, I think makes for a better show. I think thereís more jeopardy, because you know whoís in danger and whoís not before they perform. Also, I like the idea that the results are quiteóitís quite a short process rather than being a long drawn out one, because quite often when we had that hour show for the results show, it could feel as though it was really kind of going so slowly. I know that we have to build the tension and I know itís obviously, itís that critical moment when you reveal whoís going home. Itís not that we throw it away, but it just doesnít feel quite as laborious.

J. Halterman: Okay. Alright. Weíll see you at the tapings, Cat. Thank you.

C. Deeley: See you, Jim. Thank you, hon.

Moderator: Thank you. Our next question is from Christine Elin from Please go ahead.

C. Elin: Hello. My question for you today is going in to the 10th Season, do you find that youíre going to go in and go, okay, this season Iím just not going to be blown away by the performances. Or like every year, youíre just like, wow, I canít believe they did itóyou know, you found a favorite again?

C. Deeley: You know whatóI have to be honest, you always go in to a season with a little trepidation because you always think to yourself, are we going to find people with the same incredible talent as last year? Will we be able to find another tWitch, or another Dominic or another Kathryn or Travis, whoever it is? Then, you start the season and you suddenly go, actually itís not about finding another tWitch or another Dominic or another Allison. Itís about finding another unique individual with their own creativity, passion, interpretation of music.

I think thatís one thing that Iíve definitely really seen this year is people are getting very, very creative with the different styles and their choices of music. They know now that we are in Season 10, so weíve seen people run up walls and do back flips. Weíve seen, you know, ten pirouettes all in one go, so theyíve got to do something thatís a little big unique and normally that involves doing something with the music, so say putting a hip-hop routine to a classical piece of music or giving the dance a story. Itís about their own creativity.

Also, the big thing for me that Iíve seen this season is weíve got lots of newbies. Weíve got lots of people trying out for the very, very first time, which is great. It means that within the dance community, weíre still a relevant show. Weíre still a relevant part of their career process, which I think is brilliant.

The thing that I donít think is so brilliant is when I say to them, a little 18-year-old, and then I turn around and I go, ďSo why do you want to be on this show?Ē ďWell, Iíve been watching the show since I was nine and Iíve just been waiting untiló.Ē Iím like, ďGet out. Get out of here. Donít knock on my door again.Ē I feel like a dinosaur. Itís kind of nice to see these newbies come through again, you know?

C. Elin: Now, I want to know like with you on a personal level, do you think thereís something that you could do in your life that you could challenge someone and say, ďSo you think you canó?Ē Maybe you could give a challenge out. Maybe dancingís not your thing.

C. Deeley: You know what? I always think, so you think you can scare yourself? I love it when you do something different. When you take a new challenge, when you do something as an adult that scares you a little bit and takes you back to being seven and three quarters again. To me, thatís the best thing you can possibly do and it makes you challenge yourself. It takes you out of your comfort zone, and quite often, you discover new things that you love or new things that youíre good at or youíre passionate about.

C. Elin: Thank you.

C. Deeley: Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. Weíll go to Hanh Nguyen with Please go ahead.

H. Nguyen: Hello.

C. Deeley: Good morning.

H. Nguyen: Thank you for doing this call.

C. Deeley: Thank you.

H. Nguyen: Itís kind of a funny sort of dance phenomenon last year, so I was just wondering how much of Gangnam style will we be seeing in the auditions?

C. Deeley: I actually donít think we saw any Gangnam style, you know. I think itís very much its own entity. I donít think anybody would rival the main man himself. Do you know what I mean? I donít think there was any Gangnam style. Maybe Nigel will break in to it at some stage or another. Probably, knowing him.

H. Nguyen: Then, also, sort of another hallmark of the auditions is those really touching performances. So is there something you can tease about an audition that made you cry? Or really touched you? Or made all the judges cry?

C. Deeley: There were definitely moments that did. There were. It always tends to be if somebodyís got a storyóthereís a really cute moment between a girl and her father, and the father brought the girl up on his own. He was like a total dance dad and followed her around, and then took her to dance lessons and ended up falling in love with her dance instructor and marrying. Now theyíre all like one big, giant family, and he takes her everywhere.

In amongst this gaggle of kind of dance moms, stage moms, there was always the dad. Heíd sit there and go with his daughter and it was just a lovelyóI don't know, they kind of really stuck together, you know, through thick and thin, and then the outcome of it all was so lovely. The whole fact that he got together with her dance teacher was incredible.

H. Nguyen: Thank you so much. Thatís wonderful.

C. Deeley: No problem.

Moderator: Thank you. (Instructions given.) We have a question from Gerri Miller with BE Magazine.

G. Miller: Hello, Cat. How are you doing today?

C. Deeley: Hello. Iím good. Thank you. How are you doing?

G. Miller: Good. Now, youíve become such a style icon on this show, so what are you thinking this season about your wardrobe, your hair, your makeup? Are you planning anything? Are you doing anything different?

C. Deeley: Iím always on the lookout, you know. Iím always, always on the lookout. I get inspiration from all different things. Some of them I probably shouldnít, in all honesty.

G. Miller: Right.

C. Deeley: It could be anything from a movie, to a piece of art, to some amazing fashion shoot that Iíd seen. I was actually quite inspired the last couple of days by the Met Ball. Theyíve gone punk for the Met Ball this year. Iím thinking maybe we should do a bit of a punk rock type of look. I mean we've gone down the Susie Sue, Debbie Harry. Weíve gone down that route before, but Iím thinking we could maybe push it a little bit farther. I have Ö everything.

G. Miller: Ö your hair and makeup, do you like to do something really different?

C. Deeley: Oh, yes. The whole look will carry through. You know what Iím like; I like to really push the boundary, because on this show, you can. You can have fun with it.

Iíve got a few ideas. I started to kind of collect things together. Iíve been to some vintage stores when weíve been doing all the different audition cities. There will also be a day with hair and makeup where we sit with a whole bunch of magazines and just go through everything with possibly a glass of champagne and do a mood board. That will be a fun day.

G. Miller: Yes. Any specific beauty tips or makeup tips or secrets you want to share?

C. Deeley: Oh my goodness. You know what? I think itís about really paying attention to the changes in your skin and also how you feel. I think so often you can get really locked in to a certain beauty regime, but maybe as you get older or if you change locationsólike for me moving to L.A. after being in England, my skin got really dry, because itís essentially desert here. You know?

I think itís the pay attention to the changes in your body, and then change your beauty regime to accommodate it. Iíve started going to an amazing dermatologist called Dr. Lancer. Heís great. He uses light therapies and all those different types of things but heís also mixes in things like if your skin is super dry, use olive oil. You know, there are different alternatives and I think itís to be smart with your choices.

G. Miller: Great. Thank you very much.

C. Deeley: Thank you, hon.

Moderator: Thank you. We have a question from Bill Harris, Sun Media.

B. Harris: Hello, Cat. How are you?

C. Deeley: Hello, Bill. Were you enjoying those skin tips?

B. Harris: You know what? I was writing furiously because I mean, God, I could use some help. Itís a good thing this isnít a video phone because then youíd see first hand.

C. Deeley: I can only imagine, Bill. I can only imagine, Bill.

B. Harris: Well, youíve turned my life around in terms of skin care, so thank you for that.

C. Deeley: I can only imagine. Olive oil will be sold off the shelf.

B. Harris: If you can think back to when you first became associated with this show, did you honestly think that this had this much staying power? If you did, why did you think so?

C. Deeley: No, of course not. I had no idea. You know, for me it was one of those things where Iíd seen the show and I loved it. Theyíd done Season 1, so I went to see the show and I absolutely loved it. Loved everything about it. Loved the fact it was celebrating the American dream.

I thought the kids were amazing. Loved the whole fact that it was going to be live. Loved it, loved it, loved it. But you just never know. You know? You can only go with your head and your gut.

My head was telling me it was a great show, and my gut was telling me youíre going to love doing it. I kind of packed up my bags and moved over here, so for me it was a really, really big step. Of course I had faith in it and I really hoped it was going to be a success, but you never know. I couldnít envisage that ten seasons later weíd still be going.

Like I said earlier, the great thing about the show is that there are newbies coming to it now as well, like 18 year olds, which means that weíre still relevant and weíre still very much embraced by the dance community. Then, the people at home that watch the show are so passionate about it. Our show is one of those ones where it doesnít get the ratings of American Idol or The Voice or whatever, but it does really, really well; and our audience is a real hard-core passionate audience.

Our show is one of those that if you donít know itís on, you probably donít know it even exists. But if you like it, you love it. Thatís the great thing, itís while people keep watching it, weíll keep giving it to them. Our core audience has stuck with us and stuck with us and stuck with us.

B. Harris: Do you still have the ability, because I think of a show like this and I think of it almost like being sort of a musical performer if youíre giving concerts or whatever, because, you know, itís your 10th Season, for the show anyway. Youíre keeping going with it and you think of somebody on tour in a concert, they might be tired that night, but the people watching that night, itís their only chance to see you, so youíve got to be on every night. How are you keeping yourself from not being blasť about it? Do you still have the ability to be wowed by what you see, because some peopleóas you say, 18 year olds are coming to the show whoíve not watched nine seasons of it and itís all new to them? How do you keep yourself fresh and not blasť?

C. Deeley: Thatís a really good question. Itís essentially two parts; firstly, the adrenaline kicks in. The adrenaline kicks in, somebody performs, and it justóitís your body kind of pumping this chemical. You know, itís almost like youíre putting your body in to fight or flight mode where you could really screw up and so what your body does is itís actually a chemical reaction where it pumps adrenaline to help you cope with the heightened situation youíre about to put yourself in. Thereís a chemical reaction that happens by your body, and if you embrace that, you kind of get there anyway.

Actually, itís really funny. I actually did an interview with U2 and I asked them the very same question, Bill.

B. Harris: Really?

C. Deeley: You go touring all the time and you do all these things, and I mean bear in mind theyíre playing stadiums so their adrenaline goes through the roof, but even still it must sometimes getóand Bono actually said a really smart thing and he goes, ďYou know what you do? He says, ďYou fake it until you make it a little bit.Ē I go, ďWhat do you mean?Ē And he said, ďGet it going, your adrenaline pumps, you go with it; go with it, go with it. Then you start it and you just get yourself in to the gear of it, get yourself in to theóyou know, for him, itís like, ďHello, Wimbly,Ē or ďHello, London.Ē Do you know what I mean?

B. Harris: Yes.

C. Deeley: You get yourself there, and then your body takes you to the next place, because actually youíre doing something that you absolutely love that you get so much enjoyment out of. Your bodyís helping you out at the same time you get there. Itís the funniest thing. It happens.

Itís like fake it until you make it. You fake it just to start it off, and then your body shifts and you genuinely go in to performance mode and youíre like, I am having a blast. Nobody on this planet loves what they do more than I do. Do you know what I mean?

B. Harris: Wow. Well, thatís a fascinating answer. Well, thank you very much.

C. Deeley: There you go.

B. Harris: Iím going off to moisturize now.

C. Deeley: Do.

B. Harris: Iím going to think about your answer and worry about my skin.

Moderator: Thank you. (Instructions given.) We have a question from Susan Hornig from Health Magazine.

S. Hornig: I hate to go back to the olive oil thing.

C. Deeley: I love it, Susan. Weíre all just going to be slippery little suckers all day today.

S. Hornig: Just because itís asked and I know weíd like to get other stuff thatís not previously published, do you have another natural beauty tip besides the olive oil?

C. Deeley: Another natural one. What else do I do? Well, I guess I use eyelash curlers. Loads of people donít use them because they look really, really scary. They look almost like old-fashioned torture devices that were kind of back in Sixteenth Century England. But an actual fact, if you can master the art of the eyelash curler, and then put on mascara, you look so much more awake.

S. Hornig: Wow. Thatís great.

C. Deeley: If you can just do it, brave it. Do it, go very, very gently first of all. Then just learn how to do it. Itís amazing. I donít know a makeup artist who doesnít do it. It doesnít cost you anything. You just do it really quickly. Put your mascara on and it makes you look so much more awake.

S. Hornig: Thatís fabulous. Thatís fabulous. What about when youíre having like these 40-hour weeks, just like itís nonstop. Whatís your secret to having good constant overall energy?

C. Deeley: I actually take B-12. I take supplements of B-12 because I have quite low levels of B-12 anyway, so if I take them, it gives me plenty of energy. I try and remember as much as possible to drink water. Wherever you can grab a bottle carry it with you, because itís one of the worst things we can possibly do is dehydrate ourselves. For me, I love doing yoga too.

I like to do just a little bit of exercise every day. Even if itís just a bit, I can walkóIím in a canyon, so I just stick on a pair of sneakers, take my dog, walk down to the bottom of the hill, and walk back up again. Put my music on and have a little thing as I go along. Iím outside and in the sunshine. Iím exercising my dog. It gets all your metabolism up and working, and I do it in about 40 minutes. Then, just jump in the shower.

If you can do a little bit every day, I think itís so much more beneficial. Not just in terms of keeping you slim and getting your metabolism going but also in terms of keeping you in the right head space, making you breathe, getting the blood pumping, getting everything moving. I think itís the best thing you can do.

If you can just give yourself 30 minutes. For me, if you can work out the best way to Ö it in so it is just 30 minutes/40 minutes. You know, I donít do anything, I put my hair in a ponytail, and thatís it. Iím down the hill and back up, and then Iím in the shower and I start my day.

S. Hornig: Great. Thatís so great. Anything else coming up for you that you want to mention?

C. Deeley: Yes. Weíre doing a show on TLC as well called My Dream Wedding. I give budget brides the day that theyíve dreamed of, which is kind of amazing. I get to be a fairy godmother for a day, which is lovely.

S. Hornig: When does the debut?

C. Deeley: Itís going out in the autumn sometime. I havenít got an actual date yet.

S. Hornig: Fabulous.

C. Deeley: Thank you.

S. Hornig: And youíre hosting.

C. Deeley: I am.

S. Hornig: Great.

Moderator: Thank you. We have time for one more question. That comes from Krista Chain from TV MegaSite.

K. Chain: Hello, Cat. How are you today?

C. Deeley: Hello. Iím good. Thank you.

K. Chain: My question was I just wondered what the most challenging part of being involved with So You Think You Can Dance would be?

C. Deeley: You know what it is? Itís about makingówhen weíre live and in the studio, itís about making decisions live on stage as to what to do next. Because so often you know things can get funny. Things can get out of hand on the judges table. Things can be emotional. People can cry. Itís all these different things that are brilliant for the people at home to see and to watch and to make the show.

You know, the idea behind this show is to surprise, delight, and entertain. Thatís what we want to do. As a host, itís about knowing the timing. Itís about knowing where to take the show. When to move on. When to change the subject. When to hold on a subject. When to push the clock over. You have to kind of make those decisions on the spot, you know, immediately. That, for me, is aboutóitís about making those calls and aboutóyouíve got to be in the moment but at the same time, youíve got to remove yourself slightly from it.

Just for an example, say for instance there was a routine and everybody was crying and it was incredibly emotional, undoubtedly, I will feel emotional too, but I canít fall apart and I canít allow the moment to just go on and on and on. Iíve got to be able to rein it in and for it not to feel self indulgent and for us to be able to move on to the next thing. That for me, itís about being in the moment but also being out of the moment too and being able to look at the show in its entirety. I donít know if Iíve explained that properly, but I hope I have.

K. Chain: That was a good explanation. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing it next week.

C. Deeley: Thank you so much.

A. Gillespie: Great. That concludes our conference call. We want to thank everybody for joining us. Thank you, Cat, so much for taking the time to speak with everybody today.

C. Deeley: Thank you, Alex. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Donít forget; moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

A. Gillespie: Perfect. Just a reminder to our journalists that Season 10 kicks off next week on Tuesday, May 14th and Wednesday, May 15th. All of those details and photos along with video can be found on Thank you, again. If you need anything, please feel free to reach out to the publicists on the show. Thank you.

Moderator: Thank you. That does conclude our conference for today. Thank you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive TeleConference. You may now disconnect.

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