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Cat's not spooked by psychic role

Cat Deeley has found a spooky place in Hollywood, playing a fake psychic.

The Emmy-nominated TV presenter, who hosts the Fox show So You Think You Can Dance, now has a role in the Hulu original comedy series Deadbeat.

Deadbeat stars Tyler Labine as a pot-smoking slacker named Kevin who also happens to be psychic. He finds a nemesis in Camomile, played by Deeley, a psychic who has built an empire out of faking her ability to communicate with the dead.

"My character is a real baddie," said Birmingham-born Deeley, 37. "She is rotten to the core. She's vile, she's manipulative but she plays America's sweetheart, giving people closure."

Deeley has had guest spots on TV shows, but not everyone knew she could act.

"I don't think I knew I could act, in all honesty, she said. I'm normally on live TV. If you make a mistake you just kind of ride with the punches and have a sense of humour about it. It was very different for me but I did really enjoy it.

"I don't know if I could do something like Schindler's List or something like that but I was very, very lucky that I got to work with a really good team off the bat. ... I had to learn off the hoof."

So You Think You Can Dance will begin its 11th season next month and Deeley described the show's longevity as "crazy".

"We're getting 18-year-olds that are turning up that have been waiting to audition for the show. It means that we're still relevant within a dancer's career, which means that we'll still manage to find people," she said.

"Our audience who watches the show tends to stick with us. You either don't know that the dance show even exists and it's not on your radar and you've never seen an episode or you are a member of our audience that watches our show religiously and you know it's coming on in the summer time.

"It will not have been the juggernaut that American Idol has been in the past because it doesn't appeal to everybody, but there's a core audience that watches the show and that's why we're still going."

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