Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by ADRI­ENNE TAM

Dan­nii Minogue opens up about fam­ily as she un­veils a new look.

You were a judge on sev­eral TV tal­ent shows both here and the UK. Was the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween judges as fierce as it ap­peared on cam­era? Noth­ing’s scripted. If I’m pulling some­one up on some­thing, that’s what we would be say­ing in a room backstage. The X Fac­tor re­ally was the first show that brought that en­ergy in front of the cam­eras. We’re try­ing to find out what style suits [the con­tes­tants] and what they’re good at. Some weeks you try things and it fails. And the other judges are go­ing to have a go at you, and you get pro­tec­tive be­cause you’re per­son­ally in­vested in it. Your The X Fac­tor mentee Dami Im is now a house­hold name who came sec­ond at Euro­vi­sion in 2016. Does she still come to you for ad­vice? We do keep in touch, and there are things she’ll con­tact me about: “What do you think about this?” or “I’m feel­ing this way…” I got up early to watch Euro­vi­sion. I to­tally cried [when she came sec­ond]. I think she’s sung the na­tional an­them at ev­ery event you could pos­si­bly sing at. And ev­ery time, I am so proud. You have gone “metal­lic grey” as part of your L’oréal Pro­fes­sion­nel Aus­tralia’s Am­bas­sador role and as the face of their new cam­paign. Be hon­est: is this also just a great way to hide any greys? [Laughs.] Well, I haven’t gone grey yet! I have one near my ear that pops out oc­ca­sion­ally. L’oréal and I work well to­gether be­cause we de­cide what is go­ing to suit me and what I feel com­fort­able in. If you’re com­fort­able with your hair­style, then you’ll rock it. You’ve also re­leased new songs after a bit of a sab­bat­i­cal. What is your im­pres­sion of the mu­sic in­dus­try for women in 2018? I think the dig­i­tal age has helped ev­ery­body; it’s opened the way for newer and smaller artists who don’t have big pro­mo­tional bud­gets. And if you look at the charts last year, women dom­i­nated. They were tak­ing most of the spots in the top 10. It was so good to see. I did most of my mu­sic be­fore I had a child. I didn’t want to miss those early years with him be­cause you never get them back, so I had to put cer­tain things on hold. Com­ing back to it now, I can see there’s a lot more free­dom and con­trol for ev­ery­body… but par­tic­u­larly mums, which is awe­some. You have said your sis­ter Kylie de­mands you make your risotto when she comes home to Aus­tralia. Did you whip some up when she was pro­mot­ing her new film Swinging Safari here ear­lier this sum­mer? No, be­cause it was so hot! Nor­mally I see her when I’m back in Lon­don and stay­ing at her house. She doesn’t tend to eat a lot of pasta or rice, but when it comes to my risotto, she breaks all the rules. We did mostly bar­be­cues when

“How could you for­get about be­ing dressed up as toast? But you do so many shows and songs that some of it be­comes a blur” “I didn’t want to miss the early years with my son; you never get them back”

she was here. And I’ve in­tro­duced her to my Taco Tues­day. We make ev­ery­thing from scratch. When you do it that way, it’s su­per healthy. That’s her sec­ond favourite, I would say. Your ex-hus­band Ju­lian Mcma­hon was also in Swinging Safari, and has laughed off the rather awk­ward mo­ment he kisses Kylie on­screen. Did you find it hi­lar­i­ous, too? [Laughs.] Well, Kylie’s told me so much about Stephan [El­liott, the di­rec­tor]. She said you go into th­ese projects and you have just got to go with the flow be­cause he’s go­ing to try to push all of the ac­tors to the limit to get the cra­zi­est stuff. But it’s such a pow­er­ful cast. Ju­lian is fan­tas­tic, and Guy [Pearce], and all the other ac­tors. How could it not be great? Your son Ethan is now seven, the age when you first ap­peared on Young Tal­ent Time. Is he show­ing signs he’d like to be a per­former like his mum? When I was that age, I was so driven. That’s all I wanted to do, the only place I wanted to be – on that stage. Ethan’s not like that. He sits back and watches peo­ple. I re­ally wanted to be on Young Tal­ent Time. My sis­ter keeps find­ing old clips on­line and send­ing them to me. One week I’ll be dressed as a pineap­ple, the next a piece of toast. How could you for­get about be­ing dressed up as toast? [But] you do so many shows and songs, some of it be­comes a blur. But I never for­get that feel­ing of be­ing so driven. You moved back to Aus­tralia from the UK in 2010 to take care of Ethan closer to fam­ily. Any re­grets? No. When I went to Lon­don and met other Aus­tralians and asked “how long are you here for?” the com­mon an­swer was, “I’m happy here now but if I have kids I’m go­ing home.” Be­cause you look at the schools – and they are bril­liant schools there, but you have a small patch of con­crete ground, while here you have a big oval of green grass and space to run around. Once you’ve grown up with that, you want that for your kids as well. Plus, I’m al­ways bounc­ing back to the UK to do work. So I get the best of both worlds.

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