Dannii Minogue

SINGER

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - /q&a - In­ter­view by CAMERON ADAMS

It’s your birth­day to­day. What are your plans? Noth­ing wild. I just want a fam­ily day. If [my son] Ethan makes me a birth­day card I’m al­ready happy be­fore the day’s even started.

You’re now 48. Is it crazy to think you’ve been work­ing since you were seven? Not only that, but I’ve been a part of so many big TV shows and for­mats over all those decades. When you start off in the in­dus­try as a child, it’s dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to ac­cept you tran­si­tion­ing or mov­ing on in your ca­reer. Now I’ve got my grandma [Mil­lie], who turns 100 in De­cem­ber, who watched Young Ta­lent Time, down to the kids who are watch­ing The Masked Singer. It’s a huge au­di­ence. What’s your grandma Mil­lie like? She’s hi­lar­i­ous. Ev­ery birth­day we ask, “How are you feel­ing?” “Same as yes­ter­day.” We go around the din­ner ta­ble – “What are you thank­ful for to­day?” She says, “That I got out of bed and I’m still alive.” Ethan ab­so­lutely cracks up.

We’ve seen Lind­say Lo­han’s blank face when Aus­tralian celebri­ties on The Masked Singer were un­veiled. Have you had to ex­plain who some of them are? Ab­so­lutely. The same if we were do­ing the show in an­other coun­try. But Lind­say stud­ied re­ally hard. She came up with some great guesses. She’s gen­er­ated enough col­umn inches and in­ter­est about the show to get peo­ple in­ter­ested enough to watch.

Even though the show’s been a hit over­seas, you must have been re­lieved when the first night’s rat­ings cracked the magic mil­lion mark. Aus­tralians are a tough au­di­ence. They’ll let you know what they think. There’s still an ele­ment of con­fu­sion from some peo­ple who haven’t watched it; they don’t un­der­stand what the hell it is. And con­fu­sion from some peo­ple who are watch­ing; they don’t know why they like it so much. On pa­per, it shouldn’t work. But it does.

Some of the guesses raised eye­brows – and there was a lot of talk about your ex Kris Smith… I was tex­ting him: “I’m at work, they’ve guessed your name – I think it could ac­tu­ally be you.” It was driv­ing me nuts. We were look­ing at ev­ery­one’s In­sta­gram ac­counts to see where they were. It was a def­i­nite pos­si­bil­ity. Ethan re­minded me that Daddy’s al­ways sing­ing. So there was all sorts of awk­ward­ness for me and the au­di­ence when it could have been him, but in a good, fun way. There’s no drama there.

How have you no­ticed things chang­ing for women in the me­dia since you started out? Glob­ally, in film and TV and act­ing, there’s so many women of dif­fer­ent ages be­ing fea­tured now. There’s not that fear of an ex­piry date. I def­i­nitely had that thought at age 16 when I left Young Ta­lent Time. I thought, “That’s it, I’m done.”

I’d have to get a nor­mal job. You keep work­ing, won­der­ing how long it will go on for, but I’m feel­ing more pos­i­tive about the ac­cep­tance of women of all ages.

You’ve had re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. Is there more work be­hind the scenes in your fu­ture? There’ll def­i­nitely be a day when I don’t want to put on the false eye­lashes and high heels and do that side of the job and go be­hind the scenes. Or I can do a bit of both.

The Masked Singer Aus­tralia fi­nale airs 7.30pm to­mor­row on Net­work 10 and WIN.

“On pa­per, this show shouldn’t work. But it does”

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