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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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Watch: P Diddy calls ex JLo's booty 'a work of art'... and disses Kim K's butt! MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Oct 1 2014 12:10PM

Uh-oh! Sean "Diddy" Coombs has made it crystal-clear whose side he's on with the booty wars in pop culture at the moment. Hello #TeamJLo!

In an interview with Access Hollywood, the 44-year-old rapper/fashion and media mogul gushed about ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez's butt being "a work of art" and "something that will go down in history". Cringe.

But just wait till you hear Diddy slam Kim Kardashian's derriere — apparently it's not even in the same league as JLo's. No disrespect to his mate Kanye, of course… watch the moment above.

Diddy's obvs staying loyal to his ex, who he dated for around two years from 1999 to 2001. There's no chance of a reunion, Diddy says, but he's stoked to "have that great woman in my history".

The rapper weighed in on the butt debate in reference to Jen's 'Booty' music video with Iggy Azalea. And we must say, he has a compelling case… just don't tell Kanye. See the clip that's got everyone talking below:

Now let's compare that to Kim's greatest ass-et... see what we did there?

View slideshow: Can you guess the celebrity butt?

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Diva alert: Ariana Grande clears out guests from hotel lobby...then uses the other entrance! MusicFIX Blog by Yasmin Vought Sep 30 2014 6:30PM

Looks like Ariana Grande hasn't learnt her lesson when it comes to acting like a total diva.

That's right FIXies, just when we thought we'd heard all there was to hear about her brattish antics, NY Daily News reports that the 21-year-old cleared out an entire hotel lobby...for no reason.

Before her arrival on Saturday at The Out NYC for a post-Saturday Night Live performance, the singer reportedly contacted the hotel with a list of demands.

"Before she got there she made security clear out the entire lobby," an insider told the site. "Even if you were a guest at the hotel you had to clear out.

"No one could sit in the lobby but she came in the back. She took up a unisex bathroom with her mother and father and put two bodyguards outside."

According to the report, the songstress was also overheard telling staff to "get rid" of the paparazzi crowded outside the front door of the hotel and had a massive crew in tow.

"She had an entourage of 21 people with her," the source said. "Maybe more, I stopped counting."

Ariana also reportedly took over a conference room as her dressing room and at one point sent a minion to collect her Swarovski crystal-covered mic-pack for her because she needed it for the show.

"The hotel had been cleared from 1:30 AM on," another source added. "Ariana also took over a huge conference room and turned it into a dressing room. Basically, 3,000 square feet of hotel space was hers. You had to show your hotel key to get anywhere."

View the list of the singer's diva demands from her recent trip to Australia in the gallery below...

Related video: TV host Giuliana Rancic tells E! News about the time Ariana's people once elbowed her out of the way mid-interview to get her "good side"...

It's official: Ariana Grande's Australian antics have cemented her as the biggest diva in showbiz

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