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Minogue is an Australian [[dance-pop]] singer and her musical career consists of five studio albums, six compilation albums, twenty-eight singles, and five video albums. Minogue rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show ''[[Young Talent Time]]'' and in the soap opera ''[[Home and Away]]'', before commencing her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s.<ref name="bio">[http://www.danniimusic.com/success.html "Success: Biography"]. DanniiMusic.com. Retrieved 14 November 2008.</ref>
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Minogue is a scottish [[dance-pop]] singer and her musical career consists of five studio albums, six compilation albums, twenty-eight singles, and five video albums. Minogue rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show ''[[Young Talent Time]]'' and in the soap opera ''[[Home and Away]]'', before commencing her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s.<ref name="bio">[http://www.danniimusic.com/success.html "Success: Biography"]. DanniiMusic.com. Retrieved 14 November 2008.</ref>
   
 
Minogue released her debut Australian album ''[[Dannii (album)|Dannii]]'' in October 1990. It peaked at number twenty-four on the [[ARIA Albums Chart]] and was a moderate success. In June 1991, the album was released with additional tracks in the United Kingdom as ''[[Love and Kisses (album)|Love and Kisses]]''. In the UK, it reached number eight and produced five singles.<ref name="ukcharts"/> Her debut single was the title track "[[Love and Kisses (Dannii Minogue song)|Love and Kisses]]" which peaked at number eight in the UK, and at number four in Australia where it was certified gold. To date, it is her only top ten single in Australia. The second single "[[Success (song)|Success]]" made the top twenty in the UK, peaking at number eleven, and the top thirty in Australia, peaking at number twenty-eight. "[[I Don't Wanna Take This Pain]]" was released as the third single in Australia in late 1990 where it failed to make the top fifty, becoming her lowest charting single on that chart. It was released as the fifth single throughout Europe and in the UK, it also underperformed but it did manage the still make the top forty peaking at number forty. "[[Jump to the Beat]]" and "[[Baby Love (Dannii Minogue song)|Baby Love]]" were released in 1991 and proved to be successful singles in the UK where "Jump to the Beat" peaked at number eight and "Baby Love" peaked at number fourteen. In Australia, the success varied. Both singles made the top fifty with "Baby Love" also making the top thirty. Her second album, ''[[Get Into You]]'', was released in October 1993. The album did not perform as well as her debut, peaking outside of the top fifty in Australia and the UK.<ref name="ukcharts"/><ref name="australiachart"/> After a brief hiatus from recording music, Minogue released her third album ''[[Girl (Dannii Minogue album)|Girl]]'' in September 1997. The album, composed of [[Dance music|dance]] and [[electronic music]], produced three number one club songs in the UK.<ref name="Dannographii"/><ref name="bio"/>
 
Minogue released her debut Australian album ''[[Dannii (album)|Dannii]]'' in October 1990. It peaked at number twenty-four on the [[ARIA Albums Chart]] and was a moderate success. In June 1991, the album was released with additional tracks in the United Kingdom as ''[[Love and Kisses (album)|Love and Kisses]]''. In the UK, it reached number eight and produced five singles.<ref name="ukcharts"/> Her debut single was the title track "[[Love and Kisses (Dannii Minogue song)|Love and Kisses]]" which peaked at number eight in the UK, and at number four in Australia where it was certified gold. To date, it is her only top ten single in Australia. The second single "[[Success (song)|Success]]" made the top twenty in the UK, peaking at number eleven, and the top thirty in Australia, peaking at number twenty-eight. "[[I Don't Wanna Take This Pain]]" was released as the third single in Australia in late 1990 where it failed to make the top fifty, becoming her lowest charting single on that chart. It was released as the fifth single throughout Europe and in the UK, it also underperformed but it did manage the still make the top forty peaking at number forty. "[[Jump to the Beat]]" and "[[Baby Love (Dannii Minogue song)|Baby Love]]" were released in 1991 and proved to be successful singles in the UK where "Jump to the Beat" peaked at number eight and "Baby Love" peaked at number fourteen. In Australia, the success varied. Both singles made the top fifty with "Baby Love" also making the top thirty. Her second album, ''[[Get Into You]]'', was released in October 1993. The album did not perform as well as her debut, peaking outside of the top fifty in Australia and the UK.<ref name="ukcharts"/><ref name="australiachart"/> After a brief hiatus from recording music, Minogue released her third album ''[[Girl (Dannii Minogue album)|Girl]]'' in September 1997. The album, composed of [[Dance music|dance]] and [[electronic music]], produced three number one club songs in the UK.<ref name="Dannographii"/><ref name="bio"/>

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Dannii Minogue
Danniiminogue.jpg
Minogue at a book signing for My Story on 29 October 2010
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Pop, dance, disco, house, electronica
Instruments Voice
Years active 1978–present
Associated acts Kylie Minogue, Terry Ronald, Ruth Lorenzo, Trouser Enthusiasts, Mazlum Kartal
Website danniimusic.com

Danielle Jane "Dannii" Minogue (born 20 October 1971) is an Australian singer, songwriter, actress, television personality, radio personality, fashion designer, model and the younger sister of Kylie Minogue. She rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time and the soap opera Home and Away, before commencing her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s.[1] Minogue achieved early success with hits such as "Love and Kisses" and "This is It", though by the release of her second album, her popularity as a singer had declined, leading her to concentrate on other fields such as television presenting. The late 1990s saw a brief return to music after Minogue reinvented herself as a dance artist with "All I Wanna Do", her first number one UK Club hit.[2]

In 2001, Minogue further returned to musical success with the release of her biggest worldwide hit to date, "Who Do You Love Now?", while her subsequent album, Neon Nights, became the most successful of her career. In the UK, she has achieved twelve consecutive number one dance singles, becoming the best-performing artist on the UK Upfront Club Chart. Minogue is often dubbed "Queen of The clubs" due to her success in dance music.[2][3]

Childhood and beginning

Minogue was brought up in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of accountant Ronald Charles Allano Minogue, who is of Irish descent,[4] and Carol Jones, a dancer from Maesteg, Wales.[5] She is the youngest of three children; her older sister, Kylie Minogue, is a pop singer, and her brother, Brendan, is a news cameraman in Australia.[6]

Minogue began her career as a child on Australian television. From the age of seven, she appeared in several soap operas, including Skyways and The Sullivans. In 1981, she joined the successful weekly music programme Young Talent Time.[1] Minogue recorded her first solo recordings for the programme, including a cover version of Madonna's hit single "Material Girl"; during this time, she also performed live at several sold-out nationwide concert tours.[1][7] In 1988, Minogue departed from Young Talent Time to continue her acting career, appearing as the rebellious tomboyish teenager Emma Jackson on the soap opera Home and Away. Minogue remained on the programme for only a year. She proved to be popular among Australian audiences when she was nominated for a "Silver Logie" as the Most Popular Actress on Australian television.[7]

In September 1988, Minogue released her own fashion range entitled Dannii. She became interested in fashion design while appearing on Young Talent Time. Minogue had designed the clothing she had worn on the show, and the positive response from the audience resulted in her releasing her one line.[8] Minogue's debut line Dannii sold out across Australia in ten days, and was followed by three additional summer lines in 1989.[citation needed]

Career

1990–1995: Early career

Minogue is a scottish dance-pop singer and her musical career consists of five studio albums, six compilation albums, twenty-eight singles, and five video albums. Minogue rose to prominence in the early 1980s for her roles in the Australian television talent show Young Talent Time and in the soap opera Home and Away, before commencing her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s.[9]

Minogue released her debut Australian album Dannii in October 1990. It peaked at number twenty-four on the ARIA Albums Chart and was a moderate success. In June 1991, the album was released with additional tracks in the United Kingdom as Love and Kisses. In the UK, it reached number eight and produced five singles.[10] Her debut single was the title track "Love and Kisses" which peaked at number eight in the UK, and at number four in Australia where it was certified gold. To date, it is her only top ten single in Australia. The second single "Success" made the top twenty in the UK, peaking at number eleven, and the top thirty in Australia, peaking at number twenty-eight. "I Don't Wanna Take This Pain" was released as the third single in Australia in late 1990 where it failed to make the top fifty, becoming her lowest charting single on that chart. It was released as the fifth single throughout Europe and in the UK, it also underperformed but it did manage the still make the top forty peaking at number forty. "Jump to the Beat" and "Baby Love" were released in 1991 and proved to be successful singles in the UK where "Jump to the Beat" peaked at number eight and "Baby Love" peaked at number fourteen. In Australia, the success varied. Both singles made the top fifty with "Baby Love" also making the top thirty. Her second album, Get Into You, was released in October 1993. The album did not perform as well as her debut, peaking outside of the top fifty in Australia and the UK.[10][11] After a brief hiatus from recording music, Minogue released her third album Girl in September 1997. The album, composed of dance and electronic music, produced three number one club songs in the UK.[2][9] In March 2003, she released her fourth album Neon Nights. Inspired by dance music from the 1980s, the album was certified in gold in the UK.[12] It produced four singles, all of which became number one on the UK Dance Charts.[2][2][13] In 2007, she released a compilation of tracks that she had recorded while signed to AATW, which were heavily inspired by 80s dance music, titled Club Disco. The album collected together the six singles she had released since her Neon Nights period: "You Won't Forget About Me", "Perfection", "So Under Pressure", "I Can't Sleep at Night", "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "Touch Me Like That". The album had moderate success in the UK and a minor success in Australia. As a recording artist Minogue has sold over 7 Million Records worldwide.[14]

Minogue signed a recording contract with Australian-based Mushroom Records in January 1989.[7] Her first album, Dannii, was released the following year and reached number twenty-four on the Australian albums chart.[11] Outside Australia, the album was released in 1991, under the title Love and Kisses, and became a top ten hit. Minogue's debut single "Love and Kisses" peaked at number four on the Australian singles chart and was certified gold.[7][11] In the UK, the song reached the top ten on the singles chart.[10] August 1991: Embarked on an extensive promotional tour of South East Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taipei and the Philippines.

Minogue released Love and Kisses and..., a re-issue of her debut album, in April 1992. The album, a collection of dance songs, comprised tracks and remixes from Love and Kisses. It peaked at number forty-two on the UK albums chart, and sold nearly 60,000 copies.[7] Several remixes by producer and DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley were successful in European dance clubs. She credits these remixes for providing her with a "new image and sound to work with" on future releases.[1] Also that year, Minogue made her feature film debut in Secrets, which co-starred Noah Taylor. The film revolved around five Australian teenagers who become stuck in the basement of a hotel in an attempt to see The Beatles. The film was not well received by audiences or critics, with Minogue's performance being described as "not all that convincing".[15]

Minogue released her second album Get Into You, which included the songs "Show You the Way to Go", "This Is It" and "This Is the Way", in October 1993. The album contained uptempo dance tracks and mature vocals, but despite her past chart success, failed to make the British top fifty.[10] In mid-1994, Minogue returned to television as a presenter, co-hosting Channel 4's morning show The Big Breakfast in the UK.[7] In 1995, Minogue released the singles "Rescue Me" and "Boogie Woogie", a collaboration with dance act Eurogroove. Released only in Japan, both songs reached number one on the Japanese singles chart.[7] She began recording her third album in 1995; however, Minogue and her record label, Mushroom Records, parted ways in late 1995 following a contract disagreement.[16]

In 1990, Minogue was asked by Queen Elizabeth II to perform at the Royal Variety Show; she sang her latest release "Success".

1996–2000: Girl

Minogue performing on her 1998 concert tour Unleashed '98 UK Tour.

In 1996, Minogue resumed her co-hosting duties, presenting the Eggs on Legs road show segment. That same year, Minogue briefly hosted the children's show Disney Time and co-hosted, with Gareth Jones, the teenage Saturday morning entertainment show It's Not Just Saturday for sixteen weeks. In 1997, Minogue hosted Top of the Pops, a British music chart television programme, before returning to her recording career later that year.[7] In April 1997, Minogue made her stage debut as Rizzo in the musical Grease: The Arena Spectacular. In Australia, the show sold over 450,000 tickets during its first season.[7] The following year, Minogue resumed her role as Rizzo, performing in New Zealand. At the 1998 MO Awards, Minogue was nominated for "Best Female Musical Theater Performer" for her role.[7]

Following the release of several remixes of her songs by Steve "Silk" Hurley, Minogue became interested in dance music. She commented that the remixes were "the first thing I did that was really cool and my love of dance music and clubbing started from there."[1] Minogue's interest in dance music and clubbing influenced her third album, Girl, released in September 1997, which featured collaborations with musicians such as Brian Higgins of Xenomania. The album presented a more sophisticated and adult style of dance music, but despite generally positive reviews, failed to make the British top fifty.[10] The lead single "All I Wanna Do", which the Daily Mirror described as a "bass-bumping, shuddering return",[17] was a success peaking at number four on the UK singles chart. In her native Australia, the single also proved to be a success peaking at number eleven and was certified gold. The album's second single "Everything I Wanted" made the top twenty in the UK and the top fifty in Australia, while the third single "Disremembrance" narrowly missed the top twenty in the UK, peaking at number twenty-one. All three singles released from Girl reached number one on the UK dance chart.[2]

June 1998 saw Minogue begin The Unleashed Tour, a UK tour only. Mushroom Records released two budget compilation albums in December 1998, as part of the label's twenty-fifth anniversary. Released only in Australia, The Singles comprised all of Minogue's single releases, while The Remixes contained popular remixes. These releases were promoted with the song "Coconut" which was previously only available as a hidden track on CD versions of the Girl album. In January 1999, following her performance at the 1998 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Minogue released the festival's first official theme song, "Everlasting Night".[7] It appeared on the compilation CD Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras of 1999, and its music video, co-directed by Minogue, was a tribute to Australia's gay and lesbian community.[18]

2001–2004: Neon Nights

In November 2001, Minogue released the single, "Who Do You Love Now?", a collaboration with Riva. Described by Sound Generator as a "nice serene and dreamy vocal on the dance floor anthem", the song peaked at number three on the UK singles chart, and reached number one on the dance charts.[19] In Australia, the song peaked at number fifteen, while in the United States the song was released to dance clubs, and reached number twelve on the United States' Billboard Dance Club chart.[7] In 2001, Minogue signed a six album deal with London Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music International.[20]

In March 2003, Minogue released her fourth album, Neon Nights, which the BBC called "a pleasant cocktail of pop sophistication, club culture and accessibility".[21] It consisted of 1980s inspired dance-pop songs and provided Minogue with some of the strongest reviews of her career. Neon Nights peaked at number eight on the UK albums chart (her highest ranking since her debut), and produced three top ten singles.[10] "Who Do You Love Now?" was not officially released as the first single, however it was included on the album. The official lead single was "Put the Needle on It", a 1980s inspired dance-pop song which proved to be a top ten hit in the UK, peaking at number seven. It enjoyed top twenty success in multiple countries including Australia, where it peaked at number eleven and was certified gold. The second single, "I Begin to Wonder", was declared one of the "best things" on the album by Ireland's Radio Telefís Éireann and became her highest charting single in the UK, peaking at number two.[10][22] In Australia, the single garnered Minogue another top twenty hit, peaking at number fourteen and was also certified gold. Third single "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" was equally successful as its predecessors, peaking at number five in the UK, while in Australia the single just missed the top twenty, charting at number twenty-two. The album's success was equally widespread, and following extensive airplay by North American dance radio, Warner Music Group released it in the United States in late 2003. Singles "I Begin to Wonder" and "Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling" were also substantial successes on the US dance charts.[23][7]

2004–2006: The Hits & Beyond

In October 2004, Minogue released the single "You Won't Forget About Me", a collaboration with the dance act Flower Power. Described by MSN Entertainment as a "real grower" and noted for its "snip snapping house beats and '80s flecked synths", the song peaked at number seven on the UK singles chart and also made the top twenty in Australia.[10][24] "Perfection", a collaboration with the Soul Seekerz, followed in October 2005 where it reached the top twenty in both the UK and Australia.

Minogue released The Hits & Beyond, a greatest hits album, in June 2006. The album consisted of new songs alongside singles from her four studio albums. It debuted at number seventeen on the UK albums chart, but dropped quickly, spending only seven weeks in the top seventy-five.[10] In Australia, The Hits & Beyond became one of Minogue's lowest charting albums, peaking at #67.[11] The album introduced a new single, "So Under Pressure", inspired by the cancer diagnoses of her sister Kylie as well as that of an unnamed friend.[25] The single made the top twenty in Australia and the UK and also became her tenth consecutive song to reach the number one spot on the UK Upfront Club chart. Minogue has described the recording of "So Under Pressure" as a "real achievement" as she was "brave enough to put all [her feelings] into words".[26] In September 2006, Minogue's cover of "I'll Be Home for Christmas" appeared on Spirit of Christmas, a compilation album of holiday songs available through the Myer department store chain across Australia.[27]

In November 2006, Minogue performed Sister Sledge's 1979 song "He's the Greatest Dancer" on BBC One's Children in Need telethon. A studio version of the song, remixed by Fugitive, appeared on the dance compilation Clubland 10, which was released in November 2006.[28] The following month, "He's the Greatest Dancer" was released to UK dance clubs and reached number one on the Upfront Club chart.[29] It also charted in the top forty on the Australian singles chart.

2007–2011: Unleashed, Club Disco, The X Factor and Project D

October onwards saw a total of five releases from Minogue; first, on 29 October, reissues of her 1997 and 2003 albums Girl and Neon Nights, each containing a double-disc, the second disc of which includes remixes.[30][31] On 5 November she released Unleashed, a collection of previously unheard material from her time with London Records, and The Video Collection, which includes every one of her music videos as well as bonus features.[32] Digital album Club Disco was released on the same date, featuring several previously released singles, such as "You Won't Forget About Me", "Perfection" and "So Under Pressure", cancelled single "I Can't Sleep at Night" and covers of Xanadu and the disco classic "He's The Greatest Dancer". Finally, on 3 December, a new single was released, entitled "Touch Me Like That",[33] which hit the UK singles chart at #48.[34]

In early 2008, Minogue was hired as the headline performer at Australian Fashion Week. In particular she was booked to make an appearance as the opening party hosted by MAC Cosmetics. She also returned as a judge on Australia's Got Talent for its second series and released Club Disco as a double album in Australia with some changes to the tracklisting.

At the start of 2009, a digital compilation album, "The Early Years", was released online that featured songs from Minogue's first two studio albums. Simon Cowell later confirmed that Minogue would return to her role as a judge on the X Factor for its sixth series[35] and praised her commitment to the show.[36] The programme began airing on ITV1 on 22 August 2009 and Minogue was once again joined on the panel by Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole. Following the initial rounds, she was given the Girls category to mentor and picked Rachel Adedeji, Lucie Jones and Stacey Solomon to represent her in the live shows. Solomon was her most successful act in the series, finishing in third place.[37]

On 7 December 2009 Minogue released The 1995 Sessions, an album full of previously unreleased recordings made for what would have been her then third studio album, which never materialized due to differences with her then label.[38] On the same date, Dannii re-released remastered editions of her first two albums with MCA Records, her debut Love & Kisses and the follow-up Get Into You.[39][40]

On the 23 June 2010, ITV2 announced Dannii Minogue: Style Queen, a three-part documentary about her fashion line "Project D", The X Factor, motherhood, her partner Kris Smith, and her return to music as well as writing her autobiography - My Story.[41]

Acting, presenting and television

Minogue's other main TV project in 2008 came on 20 September when she presented the Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards 2008 ceremony.[42]

The X Factor

She also appeared as a judge and mentor in the fourth series of ITV's The X Factor, alongside Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh.[43] She mentored the boys category during the show and selected Leon Jackson, Rhydian Roberts and Andy Williams to represent her in the live rounds of the competition.[44] In an interview reflecting on her first year with the show, Minogue commented: "I've finally been accepted as me. It's a fantastic opportunity, for once, not to be compared with Kylie. At last, I've found my own slot".[45] Ultimately, two of her chosen acts, Rhydian Roberts and Leon Jackson, became the final two, with Jackson eventually becoming the winner on 15 December after topping the public vote. Minogue was the first female judge to win the show.[46]

Minogue returned to British television in August 2008 as a judge on The X Factor, alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole, who replaced Sharon Osbourne. Following the initial auditions and Boot Camp stages of the competition, Minogue was assigned the Over 25s category to mentor.[47] She chose Daniel Evans, Rachel Hylton and Ruth Lorenzo as her final three contestants for the series. In the eighth live show, Minogue lost her final act as Lorenzo was eliminated from the competition, leaving her without a contestant in the semi-final.[48] Minogue stated that she was proud of her performance on the series as she had kept the Over 25s category intact until week six of the competition, which was a record for the show.[49]

Throughout the series, several people in the entertainment industry, including Ronan Keating,[50] Noel Gallagher[51] and Graham Norton[52] questioned Minogue's judging credentials and mentoring ability. Additionally, there were a series of tabloid reports claiming that Minogue was jealous of newcomer Cheryl Cole and that this had led to backstage tension.[53][54][55] However, Minogue repeatedly denied the rumours,[56][57][58] as did Cole, who claimed that the reports were based on "a stupid stereotype which is not true".[59] On 23 November, during a live broadcast of the programme, Minogue broke down in tears and was unable to introduce one of her acts, Rachel Hylton, following an on-air row with Louis Walsh over a choice of song.[60][61][62] Despite the controversies, she proved popular in public votes and polls.[63][64] Minogue later stated that she did not enjoy her experience on the fifth series and "would never want to go through that again".[65]

On 10 October 2009, while providing comments on The X Factor regarding artist Danyl Johnson's performance, Minogue sparked controversy by remarking that Danyl had not needed to switch the words of his chosen song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from "man" to "girl", after he had spoken in a newspaper interview about being bisexual.[66] Danyl appeared visibly upset and responded: "I'm not ashamed." The comment prompted immediate outrage from viewers demanding Minogue's dismissal from the show.[67][68] On the following night, Minogue apologised on air and said that her comments were not meant in the way that they were taken.[69] The media regulator Ofcom later dismissed almost 4,000 complaints about the matter and cleared Minogue of any wrongdoing.[70]

On 13 January 2010, Minogue and her partner Kris Smith announced that Dannii was pregnant with her first child.[71] Minogue later stated that, as her baby's expected arrival in July would clash with filming for X Factor, she would be unable to appear in the audition episodes for series seven.[72] On July 3, Minogue tweeted to fans that "Team Minogue is back!" [73] Later on June 11, ITV announced that Minogue would return for the programme's Judges' Houses stage, with guest judges taking her place until then.[74]

Minogue returned to The X Factor in September 2010 for Judges Houses selecting Nicolo Festa, Matt Cardle and Aiden Grimshaw for her final three, with Paije Richardson as her wild-card act. Cardle was her only act to make it into the final and eventually won The X Factor after Festa left on week one and Grimshaw and Richardson were eliminated in two consecutive weeks, week 6 and 7.[75] This meant that Minogue was the winning mentor for the second time.[76]

Australia's Got Talent

In 2007, Minogue was a judge on the Network 7 variety show Australia's Got Talent along with Red Symons and Tom Burlinson.

It was also confirmed in early 2010 that Australia's Got Talent would return for a fourth series.[77] Minogue was the only original judge to remain on the panel as producers revamped the series. Brian McFadden and Kyle Sandilands took the places of Red Symons and Tom Burlinson.[78]

Later theatre productions

In 1999, Minogue returned to theatre, starring in the production of Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play received mixed reviews; critic Matt Grant wrote that Minogue "lacks true conviction as she ploughs through the lines without capturing their full force",[79] while Fiachra Gibbons singled Minogue's performance out, noting in her review that Minogue's "disco-queen-from-hell delivery works well" for her character, Lady Macbeth.[80] Two years later, Minogue appeared as Esmeralda in the musical production of Notre-Dame de Paris in London's West End. The musical received poor reviews from British critics who called it "lame" and its songs "reminiscent of [the] Eurovision song contest".[81] At the 2002 Maxim Awards, she won "Best Stage Performance" for her role.[7] In 2001, Minogue also appeared in the stage play The Vagina Monologues, which co-starred Kika Markham and Meera Syal.[7]

Radio

In June 2003, Minogue hosted her own radio programme, Dannii Minogue's Neon Nights. Broadcast in Australia and the UK, Minogue played songs by up-and-coming DJs,as well as her own music.[82] Minogue departed London records when warner (its parent owner) dismissed its staff and offered Minogue a deal to depart the label or stay and wait a year to release her next album which had been partially recorded. Minogue collaborated with producers Hugo Lira, Gareth Young, Ian Masterson, Ross Callum and Pascal Gabriel. Many of these tracks where later released on the album "Unleashed". Later that year she signed a new contract with independent dance label All Around the World Records.[20]

Fashion

Since joining the X Factor and Australia's Got Talent in 2007, Minogue has become a Style Icon in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom, receiving critical acclaim from various fashion designers such Victoria Beckham and wearing dresses from J'Aton Couture, Antonio Berardi, Dolce & Gabbana, Marchesa, Philip Armstrong, Carla Zampatti, Gucci and Aurelio Costarella and has featured on fashion magazines like Cosmopolitian, InStyle and Vogue. The press in Britain have especially taken notice of her sense of fashion and different hair styles since Cheryl Cole joined the X Factor in 2008 often compairing both of them. The praise Minogue got from the tabloids on The X Factor lead her to set up her own line called Project D along with a fragrance.

The first line from Project D was sold exclusively by Selfridges in the United Kingdom, the Spring / Summer line was showcased by Minogue during the live first Sunday night show of the X Factor Season 7, wearing her Jingle Prom Dress. Minogue will cover the 2011 January issue of Marie Claire.

Endorsements

It was confirmed that Minogue would be one of the new faces of Marks and Spencer. She is filmed in South Africa to Cheryl Lynn's Got To Be Real, for their Spring campaign that aired 24 March 2010.[83] She stared along side Twiggy, Lisa Snowdon, VV Brown and Ana Beatriz Barros. Minogue didnt feature in the Autumn ad due to her pregnancy, she did feature in the Christmas ad with Peter Kay featuring to the Bee Gees You Should Be Dancing

Personal life

Relationships

In the early 90's Minogue dated Ray Slijngaard, rapper for Eurodance group 2 Unlimited.[citation needed] In January 1994, Minogue married Australian actor Julian McMahon, whom she met in 1991 while working on the television series Home and Away.[84] Minogue and McMahon were married for less than two years and divorced in 1995. Referring to the divorce, Minogue said that it was her "biggest regret and biggest downfall".[85] In October 1995, Minogue posed nude in the Australian edition of Playboy magazine. Commenting on the reason she posed nude, Minogue said she "just had a marriage break-up. Most women go to the hairdressers – I did Playboy. I chose the photographer, the location, what I did or didn't want to wear and everything else about the pictures. I found it a really liberating, empowering experience".[86] The edition featuring Minogue sold out in under four days and became one of the best-selling editions in Australia.[7]

In October 1999, Minogue became engaged to French Canadian Formula One driver Jacques Villeneuve, but their relationship ended in 2001.[87] In early 2002, she began dating music producer and Bros bassist Craig Logan, whom she met while recording material for Neon Nights. Media reports in March 2002 claimed Minogue and Logan were engaged,[88] but in December 2002, it was announced that they had ended their relationship.[89]

Since August 2008, Minogue had been dating English model and ex-professional rugby league player Kris Smith (born 20 August 1978). They met in Ibiza, where Smith was celebrating his 30th birthday. It was announced on 9 January 2010 that Minogue was pregnant. This was confirmed on her personal Twitter page when she tweeted "Woo hoo I'm gonna be a mummy! :-)" The baby was said to be due in July 2010 and Minogue revealed the news after receiving the all clear at her 12 week scan.[90] Minogue gave birth via caesarean section to a boy, Ethan Edward Smith, at Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia on 5 July 2010. [91][92][93] Minogue had previously planned for a home birth.[94]

Controversies

In 2002, the British National Party, a far right and anti-immigration political party, claimed that Minogue supported their cause following comments she had made in an interview with Britain's GQ magazine. In the interview, Minogue was quoted saying that French National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen had "struck a chord with people", and that "even the street signs [in Australia] are written in Asian".[95] Minogue responded to the British National Party's claims in Gay Times magazine saying, "I am not a racist. That is not how I live my life. I have a Jewish manager, I perform in gay clubs, I come from a multicultural background and I am very proud of that".[96]

In February 2006, Minogue made headlines again when surveillance tape stills from London strip club Puss 'N Boots were published by News Of The World, a British tabloid newspaper, showing Minogue and a female lap dancer "canoodling." [97] A spokesman for Minogue downplayed the event and called it a "harmless girls' night out".[98]

Minogue received much criticism during series 6 of The X Factor. Controversy began after the first live show on 10 October, after Minogue commented on press reports regarding contestant Danyl Johnson's sexuality, sparking an online backlash.[99] Minogue's comments received some media coverage[100] resulting in Minogue releasing a statement on the issue:

"I want to clear up exactly what happened on last night's X Factor show and post my sincere apologies to anyone who took offense [sic]. I made a comment about Danyl changing the lyrics of his song. It was meant to be a humorous moment about the fact he has an opportunity to have fun with his song. An openly bi-sexual singing a song that is lyrically a 'girl's song'. Danyl and I were joking about the very same thing in rehearsals on Friday, so it carried on to the show. I'd like to apologise to anyone that was offended by my comments, it was never my intention. I spoke to Danyl straight after the show last night and he wasn't offended or upset by my comments, and knew exactly what I was saying."[101]

Minogue also apologised on the live results show on 11 October, saying Johnson was not upset by her comments.[102] It has since been reported that Ofcom received around 4,000 complaints from viewers over the comment.[103]

Media portrayal and other activities

Throughout her career, Dannii Minogue has often been compared with her vastly more commercially successful sister, Kylie Minogue. Referring to the comparison, Minogue said "[I]t is hard to be compared all the time to Kylie. On the other hand, however, people will always try to compare you to somebody. Look at Britney and Christina".[104] In an interview with Elle in April 2009, Kylie criticised X Factor judge Louis Walsh for his jibes at her sister: "I'm so proud of my sister and it annoys the hell out of me when comparisons between us are made. In England you lot don't know where she came from. She was on TV every week from seven years old. It makes it harder for her when she gets Louis Walsh's rather pathetic jibes – one of which is she hasn't had a hit record and that's just not true." She also blasted rumours that Dannii did not get on with Cole or former judge Sharon Osbourne as "so cheap".

Minogue has performed multiple times at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the London nightclub G-A-Y.[105] She credits her gay following for much of her success, commenting that gay culture has "always been a part of [her] music".[104] Minogue openly supports gay rights causes for social equality and believes that same-sex marriages should be accepted by all governments.[104]

Minogue is an ambassador for the Terrence Higgins Trust, an organization that works to increase awareness of AIDS. She joined the charity in hope that her endorsement would encourage people to discuss safe sex and the disease more openly.[106] In 2004, she posed nude, wrapped only in a red ribbon, to promote World AIDS Day in Australia and the UK.[106] She has long been a supporter of breast cancer research and, in August 2008 became an ambassador for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.[107]

Heat Magazine issue 605 named Minogue as the United Kingdom's favourite X Factor judge with 42%, Simon Cowell was second with 35%, Cheryl Cole came third with 18% and Louis Walsh received the fewest votes with only 5%.

Discography

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1992 Secrets Didi
2004 The Porter Bunny Stigler Short film
2007 White Diamond: A Personal Portrait of Kylie Minogue Herself Documentary film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1978 Skyways Amy
The Sullivans Carla (#2)
1982–1988 Young Talent Time Herself Regular performer
1988 All The Way Penny Seymour
New Generation Herself
1989–1990 Home and Away Emma Jackson Recurring role
1994 The Big Breakfast Herself Presenter
1994–1995 Fan TC
1996 It's Not Just Saturday Host
Scoop
1997 Disney Time Presenter
Top of the Pops Host
1997–1998 Live & Kicking ("Electric Circus" segments) Presenter
2007–Present Australia's Got Talent Judge
The X Factor
2007 The Kylie Show Comedy sketch
2008 Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards 2008 Host
2009 Beautiful People Guest appearance
2010 Ultimate Movie Toons Host
Dannii Minogue: Style Queen 3 Part Documentary of her current projects
Stage
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Grease: The Arena Spectacular Rizzo
1999 Macbeth Lady Macbeth
2000 Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda
The Vagina Monologues

Awards and recognition

Year Award Category About Result
2010 No.1 Celeb Of The Year Celeb Of The Year Metro's Celeb Of The Year Won
Super Death 2010 TV Personality Of The Year Herself Dead
Max Factor 2010 World's Most Glam Celeb 2010‎ Herself Runner Up
Elle Style Awards 2010 Best TV Star Herself Won
2009 Cosmopolitan Awards 2009 Ultimate TV Personality of the year Herself
2008 No.1 Celeb Of The Year 2008. Celeb Of The Year
2007 Glamour Awards TV Personality
2004 WMC International Dance Music Awards Best Hi-Energy / Euro Release "I Begin to Wonder" Nominated
Best Dance Artists N/A
Dancestar 2004 Awards Best Worldwide Single "I Begin to Wonder"
2003 ARIA Awards Best Pop Release Neon Nights Nominated
Capital FM Awards Capital Rhythm Award N/A Won
Disney Channel Awards Best Female Artist
2001 Maxim Awards Best Stage Performance Notre-Dame De Paris
1998 MO Award Best Female Musical Theater Performer Rizzo in Grease: The Arena Spectacular Nominated
BRMB Music Awards Best Video "All I Wanna Do" Won
1991 TV Hits Magazine Best Female TV Star N/A
Smash Hits Poll Winners Party Best New Artist
BIG Magazine World's Best Female Pop Star
Radio One & Flash Forward Magazine #1 Woman of the Year
1990 Logie Awards Most Popular Female Talent Home and Away Nominated
1989 Logie Awards Most Popular Female Talent Home and Away Nominated
The Variety Club of Australia Young Variety Award N/A Won[108]

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