Dannii's at home on X Factor

Dannii Minogue is a judge on The X Factor Australia.
Dannii Minogue is a judge on The X Factor Australia. Contributed by Channel 7

DANNII Minogue is enjoying her new X Factor gig at home.

The mum and fashion designer said it had been easy slotting into Australia's "fun" X Factor panel alongside Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and fellow newcomer Redfoo.

"I get to do a show I know very well but back at home," she said.

"Ethan (my son) is nice and close by and he's got a little playmate with Nat's daughter Harper."

Minogue was a judge on the UK version of the show from 2007 to 2010.

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She believed the success of British acts like One Direction and Olly Murs had inspired more Australian teens to audition for the show.

"We've had an insane amount of talent. The show attracts a lot of young hopefuls," she said.

"Some we had to turn away because they're not ready yet. You can see they don't understand that, and they're thinking 'who are these old people telling me I'm not ready yet?' For those who are chosen to head to boot camp, it's a hard slog.

"If anybody said to me 'it's like they have it easy, it's a springboard into the music industry' I would be like 'wow, you haven't seen how hard these guys work'," she said.

"They suddenly get an idea of the hours involved in a five-minute performance or an hour-long live show. It gives them a good indication of OK, if you want to do this as a job then this is what it's like.

"For us, the main thing is to explain to them it's not just about the voice. For someone to sit at home and pick up a phone and vote for you, you've got to move them in some way. If you can move them then you've got the potential to selling out concert tours."

And someone who certainly knows how to do that is Minogue's sister Kylie.

The new series will also feature the sisters' first Australian TV reunion in 26 years.

The Minogues will reunite during the home visits stage of the competition.

"When I saw the figure come up, I was like 'oh, no it hasn't been that long'," she said.

"We're just used to hanging out with each other, so for us it's not a big deal. But when you walk in a room and suddenly it's the reaction of the people in the room." 


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