Dannii Minogue Chats Her New Hulu Show ‘I Kissed A Boy’ & Being A Gay Icon

Dannii Minogue. Courtesy of Hulu.

Dannii Minogue might be known as a dance floor queen and an LGBTQ icon, but on the revolutionary new Hulu show “I Kissed A Boy,” Minogue is serving as cupid as well.

Meeting with just one kiss might seem like a challenge, but Minogue is on hand to help the boys navigate the process and learn a bit about themselves along the way. I sat down to chat with Minogue about “I Kissed A Boy,” and we dished about the mutual admiration society between her and the LGBTQ community, along with what she’s listening to on her summer Pride playlist!

Reality television has dating shows galore, but “I Kissed A Boy” stands out on its own. What made you want to be a part of it?

This show has already made history; it is the first ever gay dating show in the U.K. and it is now being seen around the world. I love this show because it has heart-warming stories from boys looking for love from all over the U.K. This is not your cookie-cutter reality casting, we see a broad selection of boys from different backgrounds and it is refreshing to see different body shapes celebrated.

I Kissed A Boy” showcases so many deep and personal stories from discussion on body image and dating in the gay world; what is something that surprised you the most about some of the stories you heard?

From religious and cultural backgrounds that do not accept gays, to inner-homophobia to hometowns that have no gay scene — there are so many stories that floored me, as they are real and said with such honesty. I also loved seeing the boys give each other confidence to celebrate themselves. It was an incredible experience seeing all the boys together, and how they can talk so openly about anything when they feel safe and uninhibited, with no pressure to explain themselves to anyone.

June was Pride Month and you were part of something that was going to be considered landmark television. What makes you the most proud about being part of it?

I am so proud that the show is both entertainment and educational. It will serve as a great education for anyone watching and it helps prompt incredible conversations for the viewers that may not have come up. I know I have had many conversations with my gay friends since we have both watched the series, and they wouldn’t have happened without this. The show is so special as so many people finally feel seen, without anything being sensationalized.

What’s on your own reality show roster to dive into as a guilty pleasure?

“We’re Here” is an absolute favorite — I binged a whole series on my flight to London once and there were many tears! It is so moving.

You are truly what many would consider a gay icon; what does getting that kind of love and recognition from the LGBTQ community mean?

It is an absolute honor to hear that! I love how I have been accepted and supported by the community for so many years. From my first performance at G.A.Y. in London, way back in the day — I was the first artist to ever perform there — and I treasure the history I have with the community from Australia to the U.K., and now in America.

I Begin To Wonderremains an anthem on everyones pride playlists and Thinking Bout Usis such a fun summer anthem. Who is on your Pride Playlist right now?

Thanks for adding me to your Pride Playlist. Wish I could be there dancing with you in the sun!

Here are a few tracks that I love that get me in the party mood:

  • Majestic/the Jammin Kid, Celine Dion- “My Heart On Fire (I’m Alive)”
  • Jessie Ware - “Free Yourself”
  • Chappell Roan- “Red Wine Supernova”
  • Loreen- “Tattoo”
  • Troye Sivan - “Rush”
  • Ariana Grande - “Yes, And”?
  • Ditonellapiaga - “Disco (I Love It)”
  • Purple Disco Machine - “Don’t You Want Me”
  • Romy - “Enjoy Your Life”
  • RuPaul - “Supermodel (You Better Work)”
  • Tegan and Sara - “Closer”
  • Bananarama - “Venus”
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor - “Murder On The Dancefloor”
  • G Flip - “Cruel Summer” - (triple j Like A Version)
  • Icona Pop - "I Love It” (feat Charli XCX)
  • Britney Spears - “Work Bitch”
  • Madonna - “Hung Up”
  • David Guetta / Kelly Rowland - “When Love Takes Over”
  • Kim Petras - “Malibu"
  • CHIC - “Everybody Dance”
  • Demi Lovato - “Cool For The Summer”
  • Jodie Harsh - “My House”
  • Adam Lambert/Sigala - “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”
  • Cher - “Believe”
  • Perrie - “Forget About Us”?
  • Agnes - “Selfmade”
  • Ultra Naté,/Amber/Jocelyn Enriquez - “If You Could Read My Mind”
  • Kylie Minogue - “Padam Padam”
  • Sam Smith - “I Feel Love”
  • ABBA - "Dancing Queen”

What was the one moment in your career that you realized you had crossed over into gay icon territory?

I don’t remember a moment and I still am floored if anyone says I am! I have just loved doing things, big and small, for and with the LGBTQ community.

You were the official Cupid of sorts on “I Kissed A Boy.” What are some dating words to live by that you can share with the boys out there reading this?

Be yourself; come as you are with an open heart and wear it on your sleeve. Amazing things happen when you know, feel and say out loud, that you are ready for love.

"I Kissed A Boy” is streaming on Hulu

Follow Dannii Minogue on Instagram @danniiminogue


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