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Wow! Kylie Minogue Signs Up to Coach ‘The Voice U.K.’

Lyndsey Parker
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Incredibly, ageless Australian Aphrodite and international icon Kylie Minogue has been in the music business for more than a quarter-century (her debut single, "Locomotion," was released in 1987), and this was cause for a yearlong fan celebration of all things Kylie called "K25" in 2012. But now her fans have a new reason to rejoice, as Miss Minogue has officially signed on to replace ex-coach Jessie J on the upcoming season of "The Voice U.K."

"I'm very excited to become a coach on 'The Voice,'" Kylie said in a statement. "I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. The search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry, and 'The Voice' gives us all a part to play in that. Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!"

Kylie, now 45, is a bona fide pop goddess and true survivor, not only successfully battling breast cancer in 2005, but also making the tricky transition from soap opera actress and '80s starlet to decades-spanning diva. (Her career-reviving signature song, 2001's "Can't Get You Out of My Head," went to number one in more than 40 countries, and she was recently honored as the "Queen of Singles" in Britain, after charting 13 U.K. hits.)

Kylie certainly has a wealth of knowledge to share with any aspiring pop singer, as evidenced by her epic, in-depth "K25" interview below. "If I'd dared to imagine that I would still be doing the things I love to do, 25 years later, and still feel inspired — actually more inspired than ever — I probably couldn't have comprehended that," she confessed to Yahoo Music. "I just kept going, basically, and I rode the highs and lows of my career as elegantly as possible! I'm actually really thankful for the periods that were not as successful, where I was really challenged and had to think, 'Okay, why didn't that work? What do I need to do?'"

Kylie will sit on "The Voice U.K.'s" Season 3 panel alongside will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, and a fourth coach to be determined (who will replace former cast member Danny O'Donoghue of the Script). Considering that reality TV is in the Minogue family's bloodline — younger Minogue sister Dannii has been a judge on "The X Factor U.K.," "The X Factor Australia," "Australia's Got Talent," and "Britain's Next Top Model" — Kylie is sure to do a fantastic job. BBC1 viewers won't be able to get her out of their heads.

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