Cat Deeley, Nigel Lythgoe talk "So You Think You Can Dance" Emmy nods

Emmy nominees often sit down for interviews ahead of TV's big night, but it's not so often that nominees sit down to interview each another.

That's exactly what "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley and creator/executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe did recently, for CBSNews.com's "Nominee Spotlight" series ahead of Sunday's Primetime Emmy Awards.

Fox's dance competition series is up for seven awards in all, including outstanding reality-competition program and outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for Deeley.

Deeley told Lythgoe she's "absolutely delighted" to be nominated for the third time. But while she's honored by the recognition, the show's success is a bigger milestone in her mind.

"An Emmy won't actually change my life -- it would be an incredibly proud moment, and it would be a lovely thing to happen and I would never say no to it and I love everything that it's about -- but it hasn't changed my life," she said. "It hasn't changed my life in the way where when you asked me to come here and then 10 seasons later we're still going. That changed my life."

Lythgoe called it "thrilling" to have the show be nominated, because it "validates the whole production" -- including the choreographers, dancers and people working behind the cameras.

The show's guest judges also came up during the duo's conversation. Deeley shared that her favorite guest who appeared on the panel is Lady Gaga.

"You get the fact that she's a real artist, in the most bonkers sense of the word," Deeley said, recalling how the pop star threw one of her giant Alexander McQueen "armadillo" heels at the stage while lauding a dance routine.

Lythgoe praised Deeley as a "great presenter" who thinks on her feet and cares about the "SYTYCD" contestants.

"What I think is great about you, and why you deserve the Emmy, is that you listen to what's being said to you, rather than just asking a question and then having the next question ready and ignoring what they've said, you follow up on what they've said," he told her. "So many presenters don't do that, and you do that because you give a damn. And you care for the kids. And in truth, one of those kids now in the finale [Jasmine, who became season 10's female runner-up] wouldn't have even been in our top 20 if you hadn't fought for her."

Watch the video above to find out what live TV moment Deeley needed "years of therapy and several martinis" to get over, what other kind of reality show she'd like to host and Lythoe's dream team of guest judges. Also, check out the video extras at left to hear the duo reveal their favorite "SYTYCD" moments and things people would be shocked to know about them.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Check back Friday morning for the next "Nominee Spotlight," featuring Chuck Lorre and Bob Newhart of "The Big Bang Theory."

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