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Kylie, it really was love at first sight

Ahead of Kylie Minogue’s highly-anticipated performance at the Dubai World Cup on March 28, we count down some of our favourite moments from her incredible career

By Mohamad Kadry (senior Reporter) (kadry@khaleejtimes.com)

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Published: Wed 25 Mar 2015, 8:40 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:29 PM

Kylie Minogue isno mere survivor of the entertainment industry, she’s a dominating force.

After three illustrious decades in the spotlight, the Australian actress and singer is as relevant to popular culture today as she ever has been, and her accolades are staggering: Nearly 70 millions records sold, 10 world tours and 11 successful albums to her name. Minogue’s timeless music and ever-evolving image have made her iconic in every sense of the word, but what is it about this blonde bombshell from Down Under that keeps fans flocking to her side?

We count down a few of our most favourite Kylie moments ahead of her larger-than-life performance expected at this weekend’s Dubai World Cup.

 


Won’t you be my Neighbour?

No matter how much time passes, some actors will always be associated with their most famous role (we still see Frasier Crane in Kelsey Grammer and Harry Potter in Daniel Radcliffe). The same holds true for Kylie who has never been able to escape her character Charlene on the soap opera Neighbours. From the moment she entered our living rooms as the feisty and outspoken tomboy who commanded a mean right hook, fans couldn’t get enough. During the late 80’s Kylie’s role as a car mechanic on the show broke through gender stereotypes while her fictional on-screen wedding to actor (and real-life boyfriend) Jason Donovan remains one of the highest rated TV moments in Australian/UK history (20 million viewers tuned in to watch her walk down the aisle). Her time on the hit show solidified her standing as everyone’s favourite girl next door, a character who was fiercely outspoken with a heart of gold that only Kylie could do justice to.

 

Setting things in Loco-Motion

Is there anything in this world more quintessentially 80s than the music video for Kylie’s cover of the classic song Loco-Motion? With that larger-than-life hair style and comical dance moves, it was clearly evident to observers at the time that they were witnessing the birth of a pop star right before their eyes. Sure, the song made it onto countless ‘Worst Songs Ever’ lists, but that doesn’t change its career-altering power. People around the world unfamiliar with her acting were introduced to a new fresh-faced entertainer that would continue to dominate the charts for decades to come. It simply doesn’t get any more classic Kylie than this.

 

A night like this

Though the Aussie native has been residing in London for most of her adult life, it was only fitting that she be invited to perform at Australia’s biggest moment in the global spotlight. Hosting the millennium Olympic summer games in 2000 was a major coup for Sydney, so who better than Kylie to help close out the ceremonies? While donning a pink feather headress for a broadcast audience of millions, the singer transformed into a Vegas showgirl to perform the Abba classic Dancing Queen. At the time she was just beginning to break back into the US market, but the over-the-top show helped catapult her to even greater fame with an eager new set of American fans.

 

In sync

Back in 2003 when Justin Timberlake started his ascension to the top of the charts as a solo artist, Kylie was there to lend him a helping hand. When the pair performed a cover of  Rapture by Blondie at the 2003 Brit Awards, fans went nuts for their steamy on-stage chemistry. Their raunchy choreography even led to some controversy when Timberlake found it difficult to keep his hands to himself, but the show still remains an incredible cross-generational pop culture moment that only Kylie could deliver so effortlessly.

 

Finding her voice

Kylie received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth back in 2008, making her an undeniable fixture in British society. So, lending her coaching talents to contestants on The Voice UK seemed like fair reciprocation. The programme allowed her to showcase her highly competitive nature to audiences in a way that they might not have expected from the pint-sized star. While Kylie only lasted one season with the singing competition due to a schedule clash with her current Kiss Me Once tour, hopeful contestants still count her as one of their biggest supporters.



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