Dannii: Next Top Model is a ‘dream come true’

Three years after leaving The X Factor, Dannii Minogue is back on another judging panel next week week when she joins Elle Macpherson and Tyson Beckford for a new series of Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model (Sky Living, Thursday, June 20)…

The 41-year-old singer has some experience in the field of fashion, having until recently run her own designer label, Project D, worn by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and Elizabeth Hurley.

As the 20 contestants prepare to pout and pose, TV&Satellite Week magazine asked Dannii for the lowdown on the show…

Being offered the Next Top Model job has been like a dream come true… I love nurturing people. I am having a ball and have never felt this relaxed on a job before.

I walk away from every elimination feeling drained and upset for the girl who is going home… It was the same on The X Factor. You’d have show night, which was amazing, and then elimination the following night and if one of your people went home, you’d feel really down.

Sometimes things get heated between the judges… Elle is amazing with the girls and Tyson is like a brother to me, but sometimes things get pretty tense. It comes with the territory.

It’s great that all three judges are in their forties… Beauty is about being comfortable in your skin. You can have grey hair and wrinkles and still be beautiful.

Teenage models can be very nit-picking… They’ll complain that they don’t like their butt or that their ears are too big. I look at them and think, ‘In 20 years’ time you are going to look back and realise you had the best booty and your ears were cute.’

We filmed the final shows in Barbados… I had the best night out, watching drag artists at a restaurant with Cilla Black. It was the gayest night in the world – Cilla, a Minogue and drag queens! We were singing at the top of our lungs when they belted out Love at First Sight by Kylie. I tried to film it to show her.

The X Factor made me match-fit to do anything… Imagine sitting in that seat, looking at the audience, who are all booing you, and three judges telling you you’re wrong. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. But when you’re pushed to challenge yourself, you see your true strength and other people see it, too.

Being a single mum isn’t easy, but I have a great support network… My ex-partner Kris is there for our son Ethan and so are my parents and my brother. I can also call friends for advice, so it always works out in the end.

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