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Dancers the true heroes says Deeley
So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley

So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley says dancers deserve the utmost respect because they perform for love and not money.

Deeley, who is hosting the US series which airs on Eleven in Australia, says dancers are not well paid but are seriously passionate and dedicated to their profession. She says they dance because their life would be poorer if they didn't.

"Dancers are a unique breed of people and I really love them because they don't do what they do to become rich and famous," Deeley says by phone from LA.

"In all honesty, they are normally the back-up people, don't earn tonnes of money and they are normally injured — and in this day and age where everything is financially driven, there is something special about that."

This season there is a troupe of special guest judges, including actress Minnie Driver and Modern Family star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

They are among the guests who join regular critic and the show's co-creator Nigel Lythgoe and choreographer Mary Murphy to judge the performances.

Deeley may admire the dancers but admits she's no electric shoes when it comes to hitting the dance floor — unless it's with her girlfriends or at a function.

"I was taken to ballet classes when I was six, like all little girls are, but I wasn't very good at it," she says.

"I go out with my friends and we bust a few moves on the dance floor . . . but could I actually be a dancer? No."

Producers have made the 10th season into an all-star show, with several former contestants returning. Among the former entrants who will partner with the new contestants are Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Witney Carson, Lauren Froderman, Neil Haskell and Allison Holker.

Boss, who tried out twice for the series, was runner-up at his second attempt in season four.

He then went on to land movie roles in Step Up 3-D and Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming. "When you see people's progression like that (Boss) and how they transform . . . you do take pride in it (the show)," Deeley says.

So You Think You Can Dance airs Fridays at 7.30pm on Eleven.

The West Australian

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