ROSS BRUN­DRETT

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SO, HOW to de­fine Dan­nii Minogue these days? Pop star no longer cuts it (though there’s still an ‘‘ em­ber’’ of am­bi­tion on the mu­sic front, she says) and even the gal her­self isn’t re­ally sure . . .

‘‘ I was fly­ing to the US to do some film work and I was fill­ing in one of those cus­toms dec­la­ra­tion forms that they in­sist on and in the oc­cu­pa­tion box I didn’t know what to write down, so I ended up say­ing I was an en­ter­tainer and the cus­toms guy said, ‘ Oh re­ally, en­ter­tainer’ so I said to him: ‘ I’m a judge on The X Fac­tor, I have records, I’ve writ­ten a book and done some acting and I’ve got a re­al­ity TV show com­ing out . . . if you have a bet­ter word, let’s hear it’ and he said, ‘ En­ter­tainer it is’,’’ she says with a big laugh.

That’s the kind of down­beat gal you’ll see when her new three-part re­al­ity show, Dan­nii Minogue, Style Queen starts tonight on Fox 8.

The show con­cen­trates on ‘‘ the most in­cred­i­ble six months’’ of Dan­nii’s life, lead­ing up to the birth of son Ethan last July. It’s de­lib­er­ately fre­netic, flick­ing from Mel­bourne to Lon­don as Minogue and her fash­ion part­ner (‘‘and best friend’’) Tabitha Som­er­set Webb, set about es­tab­lish­ing their own fash­ion la­bel.

There are also preps for her next al­bum, and her memoirs, and her own per­fume and her preg­nancy and her boyfriend Kris Smith, as she keeps call­ing him. Phew. So, have things slowed down since, now that Ethan is on the scene?

‘‘ No,’’ she hollers. ‘‘ I just get up ear­lier . . . and go to bed later.’’

And laugh­ing along­side her is Tabitha or Tabs, on her first visit to Aus­tralia. It’s a dual pro­mo­tion for the pair, with the show com­ing out and their la­bel be­ing launched.

‘‘ It’s a very ner­vous time,’’ says Minogue. ‘‘ An aw­ful lot hinges on the pub­lic get­ting be­hind it, be­cause we wanted to make our de­signs re­ally ac­ces­si­ble and Tabs and I have in­vested so much into the whole thing.’’

The show is a giddy mix of the rar­efied world of a celeb, though Minogue seems a lit­tle more home­spun than most — she ac­tu­ally gives her pals a smooch rather than an an­noy­ing air kiss — and there are times she seems gen­uinely sur­prised with what life de­liv­ers, such as when Shane Warne pops in while she’s buy­ing a pair of ugg boots . . . now that’s a sur­real mo­ment.

When the show played in Eng­land, Minogue says her fans were cry­ing out for more.

‘‘ I feel sorry for the per­son who had to edit it,’’ she says. ‘‘ There must have been hours and hours and hours of film . . . if we do an­other se­ries, it might be years (down the track).’’ Dan­nii Minogue, Style Queen, Fox 8, Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm

Bud­dies: Dan­nii Minogue and her best friend Tabitha Som­er­set Webb.

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