Cat Deeley to host So You Think You Can Dance on BBC1

Cat Deeley has been named as the host of BBC1′s forthcoming talent series So You Think You Can Dance, which is based on the successful American format of the same name.

The presenter is currently hosting the fifth season of the show in the US and will front the UK’s version when it airs in 2010.

It follows the format of the US show, in which amateur and professional dancers perform before a panel of judges and are then voted for by the public, and will feature Nigel Lythgoe as head judge alongside Arlene Phillips, who was recently dropped from Strictly Come Dancing.

The winning act will receive a cash prize of £100,000 plus a trip to Hollywood, where they will get to perform live on the US version of the show.

Deeley, originally known as the host of SMTV in the UK, has been working in the US for the past few years.

She became Jay Leno’s first regular entertainment correspondent on the Tonight Show, before moving on to perform the same role for Good Morning America.

She said: “I cannot wait to bring this show to the UK as I know the audiences will be as wild about it as they are in the States. Part of the appeal has always been discovering new talent and giving gifted dancers a platform to show off their extraordinary skills – being on that journey with them makes this the best job in the world. The fact that I’m now coming home to present So You Think You Can Dance in the UK is about as good as it gets.”

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