“I got sucked into ballet as a kid,” she tells Zap2it. “It was supposed to make me a bit more girly and graceful. I preferred to be catching frogs.”
Though ballet didn’t take, the fashion sense, evident in Deeley’s glamorous wardrobe for the Wednesday dance competition, did. And that obsession started as a girl.
“As long as I had an opinion about it, I could wear whatever I wanted,” Deeley says. Her main criterion, she recalls, was “how spinny the skirt was, how much it stuck out.”
Though she has stylists eager to dress her, Deeley is an avowed secondhand store browser.
“My favorite thing in the world is to go to a great flea market and just have a hunt,” she says. “For me, it is like finding treasure. And normally I have to have a good, large, substantial coffee.”
When not on the prowl for vintage clothes, Deeley hosts two shows on FOX this summer, the dance show and “The Choice.”
“It’s basically a dating show,” she says, “a fun, silly entertaining show. Anyone can watch it. The tongue is firmly in cheek.”
“The Choice” makes Deeley feel like a matchmaker, she says.
“I think this show holds some promise,” Deeley says of the show blatantly modeled on “The Voice.” “It is just a numbers game. You put enough bums in the seats, enough people walk onstage, something has to stick. We meet people in all different ways, whether on the Internet or speed dating. Why shouldn’t this work?”
The success of “So You Think You Can Dance” — now one night a week instead of two — delights Deeley. “It’s nine seasons,” she says. “Who would have thought it?”
Hometown: Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England
Resides in: London and Los Angeles
Birth date: Oct. 23, 1976
Career goal: “When I was 7, I wanted to be a TV presenter,” Deeley says. “There was a show in the U.K. where the host would go swimming with great white sharks, and I really wanted to do it. At school I was very academic, a bit of a square. I was told to pick a more — quotation marks — sensible career. I was supposed to be a lawyer or a doctor or accountant, and I did not listen.”
Credits: “Shake It Up!” as the vice principal.
Favorite books: “I am starting ‘The Hunger Games.’ It is brand-new. I am going to read it on the airplane. ‘Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century’ and ‘Just Kids,’ Patti Smith’s book.”
Favorite movies: ” ‘True Romance.’ I just love that movie and Quentin Tarantino. It has the most amazing cast.”
Favorite music: “Black Keys – gritty rock and roll at their very best. I watched the MTV awards the other night and Johnny Depp playing with the Black Keys. Does life get any better?”