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July 28, 2008

So You Think You Can host the Emmys?


There's yet another reason to curse Emmy voters for not putting glamazon Cat Deeley in contention for the first-ever award for best reality show host.

The TV Academy and Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of this year's Emmys, have decided to let that crop of talent run the show on Sept. 21, tag-team style or something akin to that. The Emmys usually mimic the Oscars, with a single host, but they'll be tweaking the format this time around to put the five Emmy nominees for reality show host front-and-center.

Not that we don't love us some Tom Bergeron and Heidi Klum -- they're a solid mix of dry wit and fabulousness that could motor the night along (and, the producers hope, add some viewers).

But we think we've seen enough of Seacrest (bless the unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit that drives him to be everywhere) to last us at least until next year's "American Idol." And obviously Jeff Probst can build some tension -- he's aces at the pregnant pauses, and Howie Mandel has his own germophobic charm. But as Emmy hosts? Not floating our boat.

Here's who is: Cat! The more we watch the underrated "So You Think You Can Dance," one of many current obsessions, the more we love Cat. She was gyped. Gyped! She would've been a perfect upbeat but not chirpy, empathetic but not smarmy Emmy host. After all, she knows a thing or two about keeping it light, calming frayed nerves, involving an audience, and smiling through speeches filled with hopelessly mixed metaphors, all of which would come in really handy.

We'll just go ahead and start the campaigning for her nomination and eventual coronation in '09. You rock, Cat!


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I wholeheartedly agree! If you start a petition please, PLEASE let me know. Season after season the public is berated with annoying hosts and for 3-4 month Cat Deeley is a breath of fresh air. Even in its lacklustre 4th season, SYTYCD was brought alive by her amazing spirit, humour, style and connection with the every day person!

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