INSIDE: Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

ON the eve of the 2012 Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal, Dan­nii Minogue looks, and feels, great.

It’s a stark con­trast to a year ago, when the im­por­tance of main­tain­ing her health hit force­fully.

She was rushed to hospi­tal in Bri­tain for emer­gency surgery to re­move her ap­pendix, later say­ing the pain eclipsed the 20 hours of labour she en­dured giv­ing birth.

In the midst of the ap­pendix trauma, she called her doc­tor and said, ‘‘ If I don’t get to hospi­tal right now I will be dead.’’

It also emerged Minogue ( pic­tured) had a thy­roid prob­lem.

‘‘ There’s a small per­cent­age of peo­ple who have an un­der­ac­tive thy­roid who lose weight,’’ Minogue says.

‘‘ If you look at footage from last year, I was skin and bone. I was wast­ing away and I didn’t know why. I was like, ‘ Oh my God, what is wrong with me?’

‘‘ And now it’s [ at­ti­tude to life] about al­low­ing the time to be well and not jump­ing into a full- on sched­ule the minute you are well.

‘‘ I’m eat­ing a lot [ to stay healthy]. And I eat well, ex­cept for last week, which was a blowout be­cause it was [ son] Ethan’s birthday.’’ No mat­ter the sub­ject mat­ter, Minogue comes across as prag­matic.

She speaks calmly about her im­me­di­ate work prospects, say­ing she’s com­fort­able with the fact ne­go­ti­a­tions for an­other sea­son of AGT will prob­a­bly not be­gin un­til the end of the year.

‘‘ In the be­gin­ning, peo­ple didn’t re­ally un­der­stand what the show was and maybe were scared to come on.

‘‘ Hav­ing worked on shows around the world, I think it’s the fact you need your first big win­ner.

‘‘ Jus­tice Crew changed ev­ery­thing in the same way Leona Lewis did in The X Fac­tor. It brings a dif­fer­ent cal­i­bre of peo­ple to the show.

‘‘ The boys [ co- judges Kyle Sandi­lands and Bryan McFad­den] would like to think they are the most im­por­tant el­e­ment in the show,’’ Minogue adds with a laugh.

‘‘ But it’s about the con­tes­tants. If we get great con­tes­tants, ev­ery­one is buzzing. If we don’t get good con­tes­tants, the show is go­ing to flop. It’s not about us [ judges], though I don’t say that when I’m rene­go­ti­at­ing!’’

Tucked into a cor­ner in a South Yarra cafe, Minogue is re­laxed and in­tro­spec­tive.

Days af­ter cel­e­bra­tions for Ethan’s sec­ond birthday, she of­fers in­sight into what it is about be­ing a mum that makes her ‘‘ heart melt’’ and what type of fam­ily struc­ture she thinks will en­sure Ethan grows up to be a wellad­justed young man. She tells of the rit­ual of tuck­ing him into bed and lean­ing in for a good­night kiss.

‘‘ We have this thing where I put him down to sleep and I say, ‘ I love you’ and he says, ‘ I love you more’. There can­not be any­thing bet­ter than that.

‘‘ The things he says . . . he’s a re­ally sen­si­tive soul and very bright.’’

This doesn’t sound like a mum whose pri­vate life has sup­pos­edly suf­fered be­cause she puts work ahead of fam­ily.

Minogue is im­mersed deeply in the role of mum fol­low­ing her split from part­ner Kris Smith. The pair, who had be­gun dat­ing in 2008, made the sep­a­ra­tion of­fi­cial in April.

Minogue is res­o­lutely tight- lipped about Kris and his role as a dad.

‘‘ I’m not go­ing to go into that . . . our pri­vacy and our re­la­tion­ship. We need to pro­tect that,’’ she says.

What is cer­tain is that Minogue, who lived in the UK for 20 years un­til coaxed back to Aus­tralia for AGT, wants to spend as much time as pos­si­ble in her home town, Mel­bourne, be­cause of her son.

She has en­joyed huge suc­cess in Bri­tain as a singer, TV pre­sen­ter ( judge on The X Fac­tor ) and as a fash­ion de­signer with her Project D range, but Minogue’s loath to be away for long.

‘‘ Ethan is set­tled and it would have to be some­thing in­cred­i­ble to take me back there [ UK] .

‘‘ I can’t do full time there, we live here now,’’ she says. AUS­TRALIA’S GOT TAL­ENT Fi­nal, South­ern Cross, Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm

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