Cat Deeley still finds joy hosting FOX's 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Deeley revealed she still relishes in her hosting duties of "SYTYCD," which has won 14 Emmys over the course of its run so far.
"I never feel like I'm going to work when I go in to do my job," she explained. "I'm so lucky and I absolutely adore it and the kids on it are amazing and do things that I couldn't even dream of in my wildest dreams."
With the show being in its fourteenth season, Deeley jokingly told the audience:
"I do feel a little bit like a dinosaur, though, sometimes. I feel like I was probably walking the land when velociraptors were around because some of the kids that come on the show were like 'I've been watching the show since I was 8,' and I'm like, 'Never say that again! Don't darken my door again.' But it's funny, it's such a part of people's lives now. We have an audience that religiously watch the show and never falter from it. It's due to them really that we've been going for 14 seasons and that I'm still doing a job that I love so it's great!"
"SYTYCD" brings in the energy each season with all new elements raising the bar year after year. Unlike the previous season dubbed 'The Next Generation,' which dealt with kids ages 8-13, Season 14 is all about adults ages 18-30 dancing many different styles like ballroom, contemporary and tap. This season introduces a new guest judge in "High School Musical" alum, Vanessa Hudgens.
"She is an all-around artist, singer, dancer, performer, Broadway star. I think she'll be a brilliant addition," Deeley gushed. "She's already been on the road with us and she's been doing auditions. She gets up on stage with people and dances [with them]. She's in it!"
Fans of the show will also recognize the return of choreographer Mary Murphy, whom last appeared as a "SYTYCD" judge in Season 11.
"The Hot Tamale Train is rolling back into town! Woot Woot!" exclaimed Deeley.
Finally, the judging panel is rounded out with recurring judge and co-creator of the show, Nigel Lythgoe. With two women on the panel this year, expect a lot of funny shenanigans during each episode.
"I think the girls kind of gang up on him a little bit sometimes I think. But it's nothing Nigel can't handle. They've got a nice dynamic together actually, all three of them!"