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When good looks, charisma and musical talent runs in the genes, you've got to keep it in the family.
Kylie and Dannii Minogue
"Kylie idolised Dannii and no matter how big she became, she always thought Dannii would be bigger."

Kylie and Dannii Minogue: their story

It was the '80s and two young Melbourne girls were on the path to stardom. The first was Young Talent Time regular Dannii Minogue, and the other, her sister Kylie. Though it's almost impossible to imagine, this was an age where Kylie was not as famous as her sister. It was also an age where big shoulder pads and even bigger hair was fashionable, so it's safe to say things weren't as they should have been in the '80s.

Come the late '80s and the scales were beginning to tip, with Kylie landing a role in Neighbours and instantly acquiring about 100 million adoring fans in the UK. It was then music gurus Stock, Aiken and Waterman's turn to transform 'Dannii's sister' into an overnight pop sensation. From there Kylie astutely achieved longevity by reinventing herself on numerous occasions to become the pop icon she is today.

Family feud
While Danni may have fired the first shot in the great Minogue fame challenge of the '80s and '90s, it was Kylie who well and truly won the war in the early to mid '90s. As Dannii's career floundered, Kylie's soared. The odd thing about their relationship is that in the early days Kylie thought Dannii would be the famous one. Eighties music producer Pete Waterman admitted they didn't sign both sisters to the Stock, Aitken and Waterman label as "it would have dented Kylie's confidence". He explained that "Kylie idolised Dannii and no matter how big she became, she always thought Dannii would be bigger."

Despite the reversal of fortune Dannii has stated she doesn't feel there is rivalry between the pair and their shared experiences outweigh any difficulties they may have. "We were raised in a family of love and support," said Dannii, "and that has not changed."

Of course the sisters' relationship hasn't been without the odd conflict, if you count a 1999 interview for Esquire magazine in which the pair recalled a fight they had as teenagers, when Dannii dared to borrow one of Kylie's dresses without asking.

When it comes down to it, the important issue is not that one sister has become more famous than the other, but that at least one of them is popular in the UK. Thanks to the relaxed British definition of the term celebrity, both of them will reap the rewards when only one is in the public eye.

Fame hog
Kylie. No questions. Both sisters at some point have been involved in music, acting and had their own fashion label. Kylie's forays into these fields have always been better received.

Compared to her sister, Dannii just seems to be unable to catch a break. Her songs, while performing well in their dance chart niche, in no way threatened her sister's dominance. She even married Julian McMahon at the wrong time, way back in the '90s when he wasn't famous and no one really cared that much about him. By any objective standard she isn't doing too badly for herself and unlike other ex-pat exports to the UK — um, Peter Andre — Dannii does actually possess some talent. It's just that her sister is really, really famous.


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The above left photo is what Nicki posted to her 6.7 million followers on Friday, but the photo on the right shows a more natural Nicki in what website MediaTakeout claims is the original, unedited 'Anaconda' image.

Her signature curves are still very much intact, but appear to be smoothed out in the published version. Her skin has also been lightened, her hair slicked down and her bum… well, don't kill us Nicki fans, but it looks a little rounder.

Take a good, hard look for yourself and let us know if there's anything we missed.

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READ COMMENTS 0 COMMENTS Why will.i.am and The Voice winner Anja ditched Delta's song MusicFIX Blog by Claire Knight Jul 29 2014 11:38AM Last week the rumour mill was buzzing when Anja Nissen and coach will.i.am decided not to release new single 'My Girls'.

Now we know why the track that Delta Goodrem penned for The Voice winner was canned.

"'My Girls' is an awesome song, a great song," Anja told The Daily Telegraph.

"It just came down to whether or not it’s my style or not. Will just wasn’t sure."

Anja, 18, was due to release the track as her winner's single last Friday before it was dropped by the Black Eyed Peas producer in favour of a new song written by him.

"We didn’t have enough time. Will wanted to be part of the decision making process when it came to choosing the single. Will wasn’t sure if 'My Girls' was the right style for me. He wanted to have a few more days to think about that and start working on ideas, looking at where to go next," Anja continued.

Her self-titled covers album was recorded over one day last week and is due to be released on Friday to coincide The Voice Top 8 national tour.

Anja and Will left The Voice finale after party early to get to work on the elusive new single, which remains unfinished.

"We've been playing around with some ideas, but there's nothing ready to go as such," she confirmed.

Catch up on The Voice at The Voice's official website. For details on The Voice top eight tour, click here.

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