The X Factor returns in just four short days and in advance of it’s big comeback, we’ve brought you an interview with the gorgeous judge, Dannii Minogue.
Read on to find out what Dannii would sing if she auditioned for the show and what she’s missed most since being on maternity leave.
How are you feeling to be embarking on the seventh series of The X Factor?
I’m more excited than ever. This show is incredible and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. I’ve been sent tapes of the auditions and I have to say that every year I’ve worked on the show I’m amazed by the high standard of talent. The show gives budding performers a platform to shine and when they see others like them succeed, the new contestants fill with confidence and that is why there is never a shortage of talent. This year is no different and everyone, from judges to crew, are saying the talent is off the scale. Of course, there are some exciting characters in the mix too!
What have you missed since being on maternity leave?
Top of the list has to be Simon’s bad hair! I’ve almost given up trying to freshen him up. Towards the end of last year Cheryl and I decided we would gaffa tape Simon to his throne in his dressing room and give him a new look. We never did manage to find an appropriate moment, and as much as Louis said he was keen to help us, I don’t think he would have on the day! We would have got into so much trouble. But really, I’ve missed not being at auditions and it’s been so strange not seeing Simon, Cheryl and Louis for months, but we’ve kept in touch. I am looking forward to reclaiming my judging chair too!
Have you remained in contact with any of last year’s contestants?
I became so close with all my girls last year. I went to see The X Factor Tour at Wembley Arena in February. It’s the first year that I’ve been in the country and been able to attend. I felt so proud seeing all the final 10 acts up on stage doing their own thing and looking like true performers. Rachel and Lucie came to support me when I hosted ‘Ultimate Movie Toons’ (for ITV1) and Stacey and I have never lost touch either. She was a complete inspiration juggling motherhood and work last year – not once did she ever lose the smile on her face. I can’t wait to catch up with them all on my return.
Are you looking forward to coming back for Judges’ Houses?
I’ve been keeping up-to-date on all the audition gossip from the fans via twitter over the past couple of months. I love that 8 acts will be joining me at Judges’ Houses, although this will make it so much harder to choose the 3 acts who will make the live shows! It’s one of the hardest decisions to make as so much is determined by the final decisions made at Judges’ Houses. It’s such an exciting time as well because it’s where it all begins in a way… next it’s the live shows where everyone has to shape up or ship out!
What are you looking for in this years contestants?
Every year the competition gets tougher for the contestants as they have big shoes to fill from the previous year. There is no formula for being a pop star, you just have to have that special ingredient… the X factor… that sets you apart from everyone else. I want to see longevity potential, a sparkle in the eye, outstanding vocal ability and effortless stage presence – nothing much!
Will ‘Team Minogue’ win this year ?
The X Factor is about giving someone that big chance and a rare but huge opportunity to shine in front of the nation. To be involved in this
amazing process and offer as much support of encouragement to new budding superstars is just incredible. Of course, I would love ‘Team Minogue’
to win this year, but sometimes being a part of the competition is just as rewarding, look at the amazing success stories of JLS and Diana Vickers.
Which category would you like to mentor this year and why?
By the law of averages I should get the groups this year, I’ve never had them! However, you never know what’s going to happen. Whichever category I receive, all they need to know is that I’ll support them every step of the way. I’m really excited to arrive at Judges’ Houses to find out which category I have, the suspense!
What would you sing if you were to audition for The X Factor?
I’d sing ‘You’re So Vain’ as it’s one of Simon’s favourite songs, whilst wearing a Shamrock and doing a Girls Aloud dance routine – and you wonder why I’m on this side of the desk!