Dono­van, Minogue re­unite for duet

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Dono­van says he’s yet to speak with Kylie Minogue about their re­union and duet for next month’s nos­tal­gic Stock, Aitken and Water­man Hit Fac­tory con­cert in Lon­don. Dono­van (pic­tured), who is in Aus­tralia film­ing Chan­nel 10’s re­al­ity ta­lent search I Will Sur­vive, says he will start think­ing about his ap­pear­ance at Hit Fac­tory when he re­turns to the UK this week. The 44-year-old and Minogue are among the head­line acts for the Hyde Park con­cert of artists who had hits un­der Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Peter Water­man. The trio wrote and pro­duced Dono­van and Minogue’s 1988 pop hit Es­pe­cially For You, which reached No.1 in the UK and sev­eral other Eu­ro­pean coun­tries and was No.2 in Aus­tralia. Also ap­pear­ing at the con­cert on Wed­nes­day are Rick Ast­ley, Bana­narama and Dead or Alive. Dono­van says it should only take a cou­ple of hours of re­hearsals with Minogue in Lon­don to nail the song, which will be the first time they have per­formed it live for al­most 25 years. ‘‘No (I haven’t spo­ken to her), at all,’’ Dono­van says. ‘‘Once I get back to the UK I will sink my­self into all that but I haven’t got my head around it just yet. We’ll have a re­hearsal and we’ll just do it.’’ At the time the song ap­peared on the UK charts Dono­van and Minogue were in the process of carv­ing out mu­sic ca­reers in the UK, fol­low­ing from their pop­u­lar­ity on the Aussie soapie Neigh­bours. Their TV wed­ding on Neigh­bours was watched by an es­ti­mated 20 mil­lion view­ers, giv­ing them an in­stant fan base to draw on. ‘‘It was a song for a lot of peo­ple and it means a lot of things – and it cer­tainly changed my life,’’ Dono­van says. ‘‘The day is go­ing to be spe­cial and it’s not be­cause of Es­pe­cially For You, it’s about Stock, Aitken and Water­man who were in­cred­i­ble pro­duc­ers. It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of their mu­sic and it’s ob­vi­ously punc­tu­ated with the fact Kylie and I are go­ing to do a duet af­ter many, many years.’’ Dono­van says he was priv­i­leged to be a part of the sta­ble of artists Stock, Aitken and Water­man hoisted to fame. He says he would be a lot richer if he had their song­writ­ing tal­ents.

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