Cat Deeley has seen plenty of success in her presenting career – cracking America and scooping five Emmy nominations in the process – but she still has fond memories of the early days when she and fellow presenting royalty Ant and Dec started out on SMTV Live.
The Saturday morning kid’s show was where all three cut their teeth in the late Nineties before going on to bigger and better things.
The inseparable Ant and Dec have become the faces of ITV’s Saturday night prime time offerings as well as I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, scooping award win after award win over the last two decades.
Deeley has done well for herself too. She has been the host of hit US show So You Think You Can Dance since 2006 and made a notable turn as presenter of The Brits in 2004.
She relives the latter in this week’s magazine as well as looking back at the SMTV Live glory days in her Letter To My Younger Self.
“People forget, when we started SMTV we were rubbish,” she says. “And nobody watched it at all. It only stayed on air because Nigel Pickard, who was in charge of ITV kids’ programmes at the time, said, we’ve got nothing else to fill the slot with.