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The Voice UK 2014: Kylie's credentials for the show
The Voice UK coach Kylie Minogue. Image. BBC
When Kylie Minogue was announced as a replacement for Jessie J on The Voice, even her fellow mentors couldn’t hide their excitement. Here’s a look back at some of Kylie's achievements – and they’re the kind this year's Voice contestants will be hoping to emulate.
Everyone's favourite Neighbour
We first got to know Kylie as Charlene Mitchell, the mechanic in Neighbours who fell in love with boy next door Scott Robinson (Jason Donovan). It was the love story of the 1980s with a wedding that's still referenced as one of the greatest in soap history. Who can forget Charlene appearing in the doorway of the church, covered head to toe in lace, as Angry Anderson's Suddenly blasted out?
We heart Kylie and Jason
Of course, Neighbours also spawned a legendary, if very short-lived, pop partnership in the form of Kylie and Jason. The duo released a single together in 1989, Especially For You. Kylie had already left soapland and Jason was just starting out on his pop career, which was helped along by the duet that stayed in the UK charts for 14 weeks and peaked at number one.
Anyone lucky enough to be in Kylie's Voice category in the final rounds will be in safe hands when it comes to singing with their mentor.
Soap star to pop star
Kylie may have started out as a soap actress, but the small screen couldn't contain her for long. By 1987 she'd set herself up as a pop star with British producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman, who penned some of her most recognisable hits including debut single I Should Be So Lucky, The Loco-Motion and, from her second album, Hand On Your Heart and Tears On My Pillow.
She started out with a girl next door image, but her third and fourth albums showed a more mature Kylie, due in part to her relationship with the late Michael Hutchence of INXS fame. In 1992, she released her first greatest hits album, just five years into her career. Voice hopefuls take note of Kylie's pitch perfect entry into the music industry.
Despite managing to churn out the hits for five years, Kylie said she felt stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman and once she'd worked out her contract with them decided to leave for Deconstruction Records, where she developed the sound she's better known for today. Her first more grown up hit was Confide In Me in 1994 and a year later she collaborated with Nick Cave on Where The Wild Roses Grow, changing people's perceptions of her as an artist.
Her sixth album Impossible Princess, the second with her new label, was a low point in terms of sales, but it was a great lesson for any Voice contestants hoping for a second chance at fame in how to successfully reinvent yourself.
Topping the charts
In 1999, Kylie had another change of label, this time to Parlophone who decided to restore her to pop royalty. She released number one hit Spinning Around with them in 2000, which also spawned one of her most famous outfits - a tiny pair of gold hotpants which she wore in the music video for the song.
Through Parlophone she released some of her most successful albums - Light Years, Fever, Body Language, X, Aphrodite and The Abbey Road Sessions all came from the label, and included hits such as Can't Get You Out Of My Head, Love At First Sight, Slow and Wow.
She's also found time to release another greatest hits compilation and is currently working on her 12th album with Warner Bros Records, making her one of the best people around to advise on longevity in the music industry.
Kylie's tours are sell-out successes and a spectacle of performance, with dance routines and costume changes that wow audiences night after night. But if proof is needed of her strong work ethic that she'll be hoping to pass on to her Voice team, look no further than her Showgirl tour.
Midway through the run in 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and forced to pull out of the other dates while she concentrated on her treatment. Even after the gruelling months she spent recovering, Kylie managed to take up the tour again in 2006 with modified dance routines and slower costume changes to make allowances for her illness.
Not content with winning Brit Awards, a Grammy and Arias for her music and even the title of OBE from the Queen, Kylie has extended her career far beyond singing. She's kept her hand in with the acting, starring in Street Fighter, Moulin Rouge! and even an episode of Doctor Who.
When sister Dannii Minogue has been a judge on The X Factor in the UK and Australia, Kylie has been there to support her at judges' houses rounds, giving her a taste of what's to come on The Voice. Team Kylie, you couldn't be in better hands with this entertainment icon and her decades of experience to hand down.
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