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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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Performing the song "Truck Yeah" in Atlanta, the 47-year-old was bombarded with screaming fans reaching out for high-fives.

One avid concert-goer with an unfortunately bad aim succeeded in getting her idol's attention… for all the wrong reasons.

Watch the moment above and cringe along with us as she "slaps his junk," as TMZ so eloquently put it.

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Lady Gaga's split with former assistant Jennifer O'Neill was anything but friendly…and now the ex-PA has scored a reported $1 million book deal to tell us everything about working for the superstar. Look out, Gaga!

Page Six reports that Simon & Schuster bought the rights to Jennifer's upcoming tell-all, which will explore the two years she worked for the singer.

The best part? It's going to be called Fame Monster. Nice one Jennifer!

The former PA sued Gaga back in 2011, claiming she worked a whopping 7,168 hours of overtime and wanted the USD$393,000 owed to her…plus damages.

In the messy court battle, Jennifer testified that she was "required" to sleep in bed with the singer "because she didn't sleep alone."

She added: "I had no privacy, no chance to talk to any family, no chance to talk to any friends, no chance to have sex if I wanted to have sex."

Gaga, 28, branded Jennifer a "f---ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn."

She also declared in official court documents: "I am the queen of the universe, every day...I'm quite wonderful to everybody that works for me."

Everybody except for Jennifer, apparently!

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