Cheryl Toh, known as “Tiger Mum” on The Chase Australia, is not only recognized for her quiz prowess but also reveals another talent—dancing.
The 44-year-old, who works as a lawyer for an agricultural business when not appearing as a Chaser, expressed an interest in showcasing her dancing skills. In a recent interview with Woman’s Day, Cheryl discussed her co-stars, including “The Supernerd” Issa Schultz, who won hearts on Dancing with the Stars last year, sparking Cheryl’s interest in dancing.
“Issa did spectacularly well on Dancing With The Stars,” she said.
“And apart from trivia, dancing is probably my favourite hobby – I do Zumba every week!”
When asked if she’d ever considered approaching Seven Network’s TV producers for a crack at the prized Mirrorball Trophy, she declined.
“No!” she said, adding: “But I really love dancing.”
“When you do it at the gym, you’re in your comfy sneakers,” she added.
“I’m not sure I can manage those stiletto heels.”
Cheryl Toh, known as a favorite Chaser on The Chase Australia, offered a glimpse into her private life in an interview with Woman’s Day. Despite describing herself as a “pretty average lady,” Toh has been married to her engineer husband Jason for 20 years. Her day job involves working as a lawyer for an agricultural business.
Toh landed her role on The Chase Australia in 2019, thanks to her connection with “The Supernerd” Issa Schultz, whom she knew from the quiz circuit. Before The Chase, Toh appeared on The Einstein Factor in 2007, with Agatha Christie’s Poirot as her special subject, and later won $75,000 on Million Dollar Minute in 2015.
“I’ve been friends for more than 10 years with Issa, and when (The Chase) first launched they had Anne Hegerty, who’s just wonderful, and then the producers decided, ‘well, what about some Australian female talent?’,” she explained.
“So they put the word out. Issa recommended a couple of friends, and then we all auditioned.”
Cheryl Toh successfully landed a role as a Chaser on The Chase Australia, becoming part of a close-knit team. While her husband may not be a trivia enthusiast, Toh’s daughter takes immense pride in her mother’s role on The Chase for a specific and meaningful reason. The details of that special reason are not provided in the summary.
“It means a lot to her and to me that Asian Australian women are represented in the mainstream media because when I was growing up, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me on TV unless I watched a late night SBS movie,” she said.
“And so it’s meaningful for us to have some representation in a small way.”
Regarding the Tiger Mum label, is Toh a real-life Tiger Mum with her own children?
The answer is unequivocally yes.
“A Tiger Mum is caring, strict and demonstrates a lot of tough love — quite big on discipline and structure,” she said.
“Good grades are the minimum, but we also encourage them to excel in sports and music as much as they can.”
“It’s just about ensuring they make the most of their opportunities,” she added — something that could equally be applied to Toh herself.
Following Issa Schultz’s success on Dancing with the Stars last year, Cheryl Toh is not the only Chaser who has been questioned about the possibility of showcasing other talents. During an appearance on The Morning Show after the 2023 Logies, Chasers Issa Schultz, Cheryl Toh, and Matt Parkinson were interviewed by Kylie Gillies and The Chase host Larry Emdur. In this instance, it was Matt Parkinson who faced the inquiry about how he would fare on Dancing with the Stars.
“Look, people have been lobbying me about this, but the thing about me is that it takes the message from my brain about three days to get to my feet,” he joked.
“So it would have to be a much longer episode to have me in it.”