Dannii does Hollywood
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.’’