Dan­nii does Hol­ly­wood

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - - ERIN McWHIRTER

DAN­NII Minogue is set to take on Hol­ly­wood. The Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent judge and younger sis­ter of pop star Kylie Minogue is fa­mous through­out most of the world, but so far US suc­cess has eluded her.

The 37-year-old is hop­ing all of that will change when she goes to the US mid-year to seek out any host­ing, judg­ing and act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Minogue hasn’t had a reg­u­lar act­ing role since she played Emma Jack­son on Home and Away in 1989. Since then her mu­sic ca­reer, Tal­ent, and judg­ing the UK ver­sion of The X-Fac­tor have taken up all of her time.

‘‘I’ve made a few trips there (Hol­ly­wood) and looked into work there that’s host­ing, judg­ing and act­ing,’’ she says.

‘‘I’m re­ally happy do­ing what I’m do­ing in Eng­land and Aus­tralia but you al­ways have to keep on the ball and now is the first time I’ve had the con­fi­dence to go to Amer­ica and try it out.’’

Minogue (be­low) says the de­ci­sion came when she re­alised that, de­spite her suc­cess, she still needed to keep her­self chal­lenged.

‘‘It (Hol­ly­wood) is tough and I’m 37 now and it means start­ing all over again, but even if noth­ing comes of it in Amer­ica, it’s good for me,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a good lev­eller to get over there and just keep your­self within the mar­ket.

‘‘What are my tal­ents? How do I fare against every­one else? I like to keep my­self a bit fresh.’’

It’s act­ing that will be her main fo­cus.

‘‘I guess I have the urge again for it (an act­ing role) now,’’ she says. ‘‘On the judg­ing panel, there is no script. It’s very ex­posed. You are just say­ing the first thing that comes into your head. It’s some­times nice to re­treat and hide be­hind a char­ac­ter you are cre­at­ing.’’

Since 2006, Minogue has sat along­side Si­mon Cow­ell judg­ing the Bri­tish ver­sion of The X-Fac­tor. She’s also shared the panel with ra­zor-tongued Sharon Os­bourne, who re­port­edly quit the pro­gram af­ter a se­ries of back­stage dis­putes with Minogue.

More re­cently, there have been re­ports of ten­sion with new judge Ch­eryl Cole and crit­i­cism of Minogue’s judg­ing cre­den­tials from per­form­ers in­clud­ing Ro­nan Keat­ing and Oa­sis’s Noel Gal­lagher.

MINOGUE hopes to re­turn for a sixth sea­son of the tal­ent pro­gram but says noth­ing is locked in.

One thing she clearly en­joys, which the win­ners of shows such as Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent and The X-Fac­tor had bet­ter get used to, is time in the spot­light. This is one star who doesn’t crave anonymity.

In the breaks be­tween tap­ing Tal­ent seg­ments, she is the only judge who mixes with the stu­dio au­di­ence— sign­ing au­to­graphs, get­ting pho­tos taken and chat­ting with au­di­ence mem­bers.

‘‘At times it’s (the at­ten­tion) chal­leng­ing, but you talk to the new Aussies that are over in LA try­ing to carve a ca­reer and it’s hard for them — no one recog­nises them.

‘‘I’ve loved and find the pres­sure of hav­ing to come up with the goods in what­ever I’m do­ing is good for me. I like feel­ing a lit­tle bit like I’m on a tightrope and I don’t think I could cope in a nine-to-five job. Any­thing with nor­mal­ity, I don’t think I could cope.’’

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