Kylie Minogue is at the centre of a battle between the organisers of the forthcoming OLYMPIC and PARALYMPIC GAMES in AUSTRALIA – both want her to take part in their elaborate ceremonies.
According to reports in the Australian Sydney Morning Herald, Minogue, who confirmed in May to take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Sydney, is about to be approached to take part in the earlier Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games as well.
Promoters of the Paralympics are worried that any appearance by Kylie elsewhere could cast a shadow over the event, and possibly even harm ticket sales for the disabled games.
Minogue‘s contract with the Paralympics contains no exclusivity clause which would prevent her from performing in the Olympic ceremony, and rumours are that she will now appear in both.
Promoter Michael Chugg, who originally recruited Minogue on behalf of the Paralympics, now seems resigned to the fact they may lose her as an exclusive. He said: “I don’t know what else she’s doing while she’s here. I think you’ll find the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics will probably have every Australian icon on that stage.”
Other musicians slated to appear at the Closing Ceremony of the Olympics include AC/DC and Savage Garden.
Meanwhile, Kylie will follow her number one hit ‘Spinning Around’ with new single ‘On A Night Like This’, due for release through Parlophone on September 11.
Over two CDs and a cassette version of the single, various mixes of the title track will be featured. CD one also includes two new tracks ‘Ocean Blue’ and ‘Your Disco Needs You’.
‘Your Disco Needs You’ was co-written with current number one star Robbie Williams and his long-time ally Guy Chambers.
Kylie has returned the favour appearing on the track ‘Kids’ with Williams. The duet, which features the controversial line, ‘Press be asking do I care for sodomy/I don’t know/Yeah, probably’. will appear on both Kylie‘s new album ‘Light Years’, scheduled to be released on September 25, and Williams forthcoming album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’, slated for release through Chrysalis on August 28.