Cat Deeley Talks about Season 4: How So You Think You Can Dance differs from other dance shows on television?
"I think it showcases the most talent on TV. It literally is. It's not celebrities. It's not anybody else. We're not putting them through the wringer. These are actually trained professional dancers and we take them on a journey. And the audience watches it." Why do audiences relate with So You Think You Can Dance?
"It's the human element that people identify with. It shows trials and tribulations, successes and failures, that's what makes our show a success and just their immense talent."
How are the auditions this year?
"So far, the auditions have been going fabulously. We seem to have lots of personalities. Lots of great stories. Amazing dancers. 'Cause that's the whole thing. We're not looking for necessarily the best dancer in America. What we're actually looking for is the person who is America's favorite dancer, which is a little bit different. Obviously, technically, they've got to be brilliant at what they do 'cause we're asking them to cope with all different genres and styles, which is something that professionally they would never get asked to do. But we also want them to have that little something special; that star quality. A little bit of fairy dust that's almost indefinable." What does she do to help put the contestants at ease?
"Before we did the very first one I said, okay, what do you need, what do you want? And do whatever you fancy. So I've now developed this thing that I call the Monkey Girl that comes out on audition days and it's basically I go down the line and I learn the moves and I eat their breakfasts and I get in their sleeping bags and wrap myself in the blanket and all that kind of stuff, and I need a bucket of coffee to get me going at that time in the morning but once I'm going I'm just, that's it, I'm, I'm going, going, going. And then it's, it feels as though there's, there's a definite relationship then that develops and it's a very natural relationship that develops because I have known them right from the start. So then when we bring them to the studio and we put them in this extraordinary situation where, you know, you have to hit a mark and we're live on TV to millions of people and there's ten cameras and you have to remember your spots and your lights and all that kind of stuff, I'm the one person that's a regular throughout the whole thing. Even when the judges perhaps some weeks turn around and go, that was atrocious, terrible, you don't deserve to be here, I'm still the person that helps them pick up the pieces and kind of squeezes their hand and carries them on, you know."