Pop star Dannii Minogue broke down in tears on live TV on Sunday night (29Sep13) as she struggled with her grief following the death of her grandmother. The Put The Needle On It singer is a judge on Australia's The X Factor and she was visibly moved as she listened to her contestant Dami Im's performance of Simon & Garfunkel's classic Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Wiping away tears after the song ended, Minogue said, "I had the roughest week ever. That was for my parents and my grandfather, that song tonight.
"I've had the toughest time. You (Im) have been my absolute angel and for anyone else out there who ever had a tough time that is the song, you need to connect the energy of the song."
The star then shared the reason for her tears on her Instagram.com page, writing, "Dami's song this week, Bridge Over Troubled Water, was for anyone going through a tough time or anyone who needs to feel a little hope.
"Dami helped me dedicate this performance tonight to my family and my beautiful Grandmother who just recently passed away."
Sharon Osbourne has taken another swipe at her former fellow The X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, insisting she went on a power trip after starting an affair with Simon Cowell. The rock matriarch has made no secret of her dislike of the Australian pop star, who joined the panel of the U.K. talent show in 2007, three years after it debuted with Osbourne, Cowell and Louis Walsh on the panel.
Osbourne eventually quit the show the same year due her bad relationship with Minogue, and now she reveals the singer's fling with Cowell made her unbearable to be around on set.
In an excerpt from her new book, Unbreakable, which appears in Britain's The Sun, Osbourne writes, "When she joined X Factor as a judge in 2007, Simon fancied the pants off her. I get that. He's single, he's the boss and he can do what he wants. But during filming it was obvious to me that there was some sort of relationship going on between them. And the more it progressed, the worse it became between her and me. It was unbelievably bad.
"The closer she got to Simon, the more I felt she started telling the producers what to do. Suddenly, from being the new girl, she was saying, 'This isn't right'...
"Meanwhile the antics behind the screen had gone up a gear, with her sticking her tongue in Simon's ear and giggling like a blo**dy teenager as Louis Walsh and me stood there like a couple of gooseberries.
"She clearly felt s**gging Simon gave her vicarious power and it was so immature, not to mention deeply irritating to deal with."
Cowell and Minogue's relationship first came to light last year (12) in biography Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue is following her sister into the world of reality TV after landing a role on the panel of Britain's The Voice. The Australian singer has signed up to star opposite Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am on the British version of the popular singing show, confirming months of rumours linking her to a position on the BBC series.
Minogue confirmed the news in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I'm excited to announce that I'll be coaching on BBC The Voice UK next season!"
She adds in a statement, "I'm very excited to become a coach on The Voice. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and The Voice gives us all a part to play in that."
Sir Tom Jones will also be on the panel for the third season of the show.
The announcement comes after Minogue reportedly turned down the chance to appear on the Australian version of the talent contest.
The Spinning Around star's singer sister Dannii has carved out a new career on the small screen in recent years, appearing on a number of different shows including Britain's The X Factor, Australia's Got Talent, Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model and The X Factor Australia.
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In 2011, singer Cole left the UK version of The X Factor in a blaze of glory to be a judge on the US show panel. However, Cole was sacked from the show about two minutes after landing at LAX, replaced by the Pussycat Dolls' Nicole Scherzinger. Rumor has it that Fox execs didn't think Americans could understand her thick Newcastle accent.
Lloyd finished fourth in the UK X Factor, but was snapped up by Simon Cowell’s Syco label as a decent consolation prize. She didn’t take her time heading straight to the US in search of the Big Time. However, after platinum love for her early pop-rap singles, her Stateside reception has cooled to lukewarm. In August 2013, it was announced that her new single is called "I Wish," as in, "I wish America would just go ahead and love me back!"
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Singer Ronan Keating is considering quitting as a judge on the X Factor in Australia, so he can spend more time with his girlfriend. The former Boyzone star, who has been dating Storm Uechtritz for a year, has told Australia's TV Weekly magazine the current season of the talent show could be his last.
The 36 year old says, "I make massive sacrifices with my career. Every year I consider if I can really do it again. The show is a big commitment."
And he admits his relationship suffers the most: "We are both so busy. We barely get to see each other. The only time is when I'm on set or when she travels with me while I'm working."
Keating is currently judging the show alongside Dannii Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and LMFAO frontman Redfoo.
Australian singer-turned-TV star Dannii Minogue has amassed a huge collection of wigs so she can change her look on a regular basis. The reality show judge is often seen sporting vastly different styles, and she has now revealed her secret is a closet full of hairpieces made out of real human weaves.
She tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "I'm not sure exactly whose hair it is. But when it is on my head, it is mine. A few people have been wigging out (sic) about it... I've got a selection of wigs and depending on what mood I'm in or what I'm wearing, they can just chop and change so I guess you'll see a few different hairstyles coming up..."
Kylie Minogue and Geoffrey Rush were among the homegrown stars feted on Monday (29Jul13) at an Australian awards ceremony recognising achievement in live performing arts. The pop singer was named the recipient of the 2013 JC Williamson Award, which is given to individuals who have "made an outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry".
Minogue was unable to attend the prizegiving at the Sydney Opera House and appeared instead via videolink, while her sister Dannii took to Twitter.com to give her a shout out, tweeting, "Congrats kylieminogue for JC Williams award... From singing into hairbrushes a lifetime ago to lifetime achievement awards," to which Kylie replied, "Amazing... Thank you!!!!!"
In the theatre categories, Oscar winner Rush was unveiled as the Best Male Actor in a Musical for his role in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, while Legally Blonde the Musical picked up five trophies, including the coveted Best Musical honour.
Bruce Springsteen was crowned Best International Act in the concert segment, while Neil Finn and Paul Kelly were voted Best Australian Act.
"He is so cute but he needs a good wash and to get to bed early. That's what I'm going to tweet him: 'Harry, off to bed.'" Australian singer-turned-TV star Dannii Minogue is adamant One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles is in dire need of a bath and an early night.
Australian singer Dannii Minogue has stepped down from her role at the fashion brand she set up. The star has confirmed she will no have any involvement with her Project D fashion company, just weeks after she ended her business partnership with the label's co-founder, Tabitha Somerset Webb.
Minogue previously insisted she would be "considering a number of options for the Project D brand moving forward", but she has now decided to walk away from the company she helped create.
She says in a statement, "In March 2010 I teamed up with Tabitha Somerset Webb to launch the fashion label Project D. Over the past three years we have launched a clothing line, a fragrance and a watch collection. I have now decided to step down from the brand and will no longer be associated with Project D London moving forward.
"I have loved being a part of PDL and am proud of what we have achieved. I wish Tabitha all the best with her business and would like to thank every person who supported us in this project."
Kylie Minogue and her sister Dannii are teaming up on TV talent show The X Factor in their native Australia. Kylie has agreed to mentor Dannii's contestants on the show, which will mark the first time the Minogues have worked together on Australian TV since they shot a Young Talent Time concert in 1987.
The move is a big boost for Dannii, who is making her debut as a judge on the Australian X Factor after finding success on the British version of the show.
She says, "This is a change. Kylie is a huge X Factor fan."
Her sister adds, "Dannii is so good at this, I'm just along for the ride. It's really fun to do something together, so it was a done deal when she asked me.
"This kind of show is one of Dannii's natural habitats, but I do feel at home on a TV set and being with my sister... We're both comfortable in this environment."
It's not the first time Kylie has played mentor to Dannii's judge - the two sisters teamed up on Britain's The X Factor in 2009.