Dannii Minogue was inspired by Olivia Newton-John to become an actress.

Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue

The 50-year-old singer-and-actress has revealed it was the 73-year-old actress' starring role as Sandy in the 1978 musical classic 'Grease' that spurred her on to take up singing and dancing as a child

The former 'Australia's Got Talent' judge told Sophie Ellis-Bextor on her podcast ‘Spinning Plates”: “The thing that really got me into it was, I saw Olivia Newton-John in Grease. I was like, ‘Yeah that’s what I want to do’.

She said: “I did not know that it was a job.”

The former ‘X Factor’ judge made her name as a child star on the Australian television programme ‘Young Talent Time’, which she was recommended to audition for by the teachers at her after-school singing and dancing lessons.

However, she admitted she had "no ambition" to try out for anything at that level.

She said: “I had no idea. I had no ambitions to audition for anything. I just wanted to learn how to do it because it was a hobby that I loved. And the teachers saw me there and said to the producers, ‘you’ve got to bring her in for an audition because, like she’s just standing there in front of the class and you should see her.

“When they asked me for the audition, I was like, ‘you’ve got the wrong person.”

The ‘Home and Away’ alum was on the show between 1982 and 1988,

Dannii also spoke about her journey into parenthood and how she only got a maternal instinct after joining 'The X Factor UK' in 2007.

She said: “I had no maternal feelings until I started doing ‘X Factor’ in the UK. And so, mentoring there, working with the artists, and trying to give them any experience I had to try and help them and then seeing them evolve.”

Dannii ended up leaving the show in 2010 when she gave birth to her son Ethan, 11, whose father is model Kris Smith.