Speakers Profile - Dannii Minogue

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Having a natural affinity with performing, Dannii Minogue has crossed television, stage, theatre and film since the age of seven, performing professionally now for 30 years. It was in 2007 that Dannii decided to flip the coin and step off the stage and into the judge's chair, launching Australia's Got Talent. It wasn't long before Simon Cowell snapped up the Aussie princess to judge and mentor on UK's The X Factor. Last year's fifth series (Dannii's second) went on to become the most successful year ever. With an incredible final audience of 14.6 million viewers, The X Factor maintained its 'Most Popular Entertainment' show title. There is no disputing this Australian beauty really does have an eye for spotting new talent across the world, recently winning 'TV Personality of the Year', 'Celeb of the Year' and 'Favourite Judge' in the UK. Dannii returned to Australia for the first part of 2009 to the judging panel of Australia's Got Talent, for its third series, named Australia's Number One Entertainment show.

With her background in live family entertainment TV, two of Dannii's favourite moments were hosting The Lion King special for Disney and hosting the most recent UK Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. The KCAs received rave reviews and a 60% increase in audience figures. Following the 'soggy-celebrity-footsteps' of Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz, Dannii survived and giggled her way through the shower of slime. So impressed was the President of Nickelodeon U.S., Cyma Zarghami, that she requested Dannii lecture with her at a members only event at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).

Very few experience the success and longevity in the entertainment industry that Dannii has. Thirty years ago she began her career on the iconic Australian television drama series Skyways and The Sullivan's, but became a house-hold-name for her role in the most loved prime-time variety show Young Talent Time. Her popularity, combined with six years of prime time live TV every week, paved the way to a successful solo recording career. Dannii continued to star in Australian network dramas before joining the internationally successful soap opera Home and Away, where she played the rebellious Emma Jackson throughout 1989. This was followed by the feature film Secrets (1992) and most recently the UK short film, The Porter (2005), with Brian Ferry.

Dannii's theatre and musical credits include her all time favourite movie character 'Rizzo' in Australia's production of Grease - The Arena Spectacular, playing to more than 450,000 in its first season. Next came the role of Lady Macbeth in a special outdoors adaptation of Macbeth for the Edinburgh Festival. Another triumph saw Dannii play leading role 'Esmeralda' for five sell-out months in Notre Dame De Paris at London's prestigious Dominion Theatre. It was here that Dannii picked up the award for 'Best Stage Performance', playing to a 2,000 strong audience, seven times a week.

As one of Australia's biggest female exports, Dannii is no stranger to the charts with 21 hit singles and five solo studio albums under her belt. In 1990 the then pop starlet released her Top 10 debut single Love and Kisses and Top 10 debut album, simply titled Dannii. A string of Top 10 chart hits followed internationally including Jump To The Beat, This Is It, Put The Needle On It, I Begin To Wonder and You Won't Forget About Me. Dannii proudly holds the music title 'Queen of the Clubs' after scoring a record-breaking 11 Number One club hits in the UK; more than any other female artist in the world. This achievement began in 1997 with the chart-topper All I Wanna Do. The dance music hits continued when the legendary Pete Tong approached Ms Minogue to record the international hit Who Do You Love Now? in 2001. Madonna then sealed Dannii's place at the top in 2003 with Don't Wanna Lose This Groove; a bootleg of Into The Groove and Don't Wanna Lose This Feeling. This was the first time Madonna had ever given permission to any artist to use her material.

From cutting individual and iconic sounds for our dance-floors, Dannii sliced up British radio by creating her own music show called Neon Nights for London's Capital Radio. Her show followed the official chart show and was the first radio show to ever be sold by the Radio network internationally. She is currently hanging with her music idols Freemasons, and learning how to DJ from her friend, and international DJ God, Carl Cox.

Outside the world of showbiz, Dannii continues her charity work as 'Ambassador for Young People' with the Terrance Higgins Trust; the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity. She also took part in Olivia Newton-John's 'Great Walk to Beijing' last year, where she trekked across the Gobi Desert in China. This life-changing experience led Dannii to accept Olivia's personal invitation to become an Ambassador for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal. The charity is raising money to replace the old cancer wards of the Austin Hospital in Melbourne with a brand new building to be named the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre.

"Divine Ms M" - Herald Sun
"Funny, feisty, friendly and oozes star quality" - Cosmopolitan Magazine
"The X Factor's glamour puss" - The Daily Mail
"Dannii Minogue really kicked our ass!" - Simon Cowell
"Enough to make a man Minogue-amous" - Billy Connolly
"Dannii has a stranglehold on the dancefloor" - Billboard Magazine (US)

Current Awards

'TV Personality of the Year' - by readers of Glamour magazine (UK)
'Celeb of the Year' - by readers of Metro newspaper (UK)
'Party of Sydney's Rosemount International Fashion Week' - where Dannii performed for M.A.C Cosmetics Gold Fever Party - Harper's Bazaar (Australia)
'Favourite Judge' - by readers of OK! Magazine (UK)
'Queen of the Clubs' - Popjustice (UK)