Kylie Minogue Talks About Her Cancer Op and Being a Judge in ‘The Voice’

11:02 AM EST 1/8/2014 by Virginia Favis, Celebeat Reporter

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Kylie Minogue has likened her cancer operation to being on stage and said she was excited to be a judge in next series of The Voice.

Kathy Lette, a friend of the Australian singer, revealed that the Minogue likened her breast cancer operation to going on stage and performing in order to help her stay positive. Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and has appeared to be strong and positive while fighting the cancer. She said the recording artist showed her "showgirl spirit" while lying on the operating table.

In an interview with Radio Times, Lette told of the thoughts and feelings Minogue revealed to her when recalling her surgery: 'When the cancer was diagnosed and I was going in for surgery, I was lying there on the trolley and I was suddenly taken by the fact that I was going into a theatre.

'Medicine is so different from my business, but in some ways, so similar. The whole gowning up, the masks, the build-up, the adrenaline... It all felt so familiar.

'I was under lights. Ah! There's my spotlight.'

The 55-year-old Lette said: 'I chortled along with her, but also marvelled at her spirit. Only Kylie could find the positive in such a terrifying scenario. Her wit will also stand her in great stead as a Voice judge.'

The pop star will make her debut on the talent show on Saturday, Jan. 11. During an interview with the new judging lineup on Monday, Jan. 6, Minogue revealed that she had turned down the chance to be a judge the first time.

There have been pressure to put more women in the show but the singer remains to be the only girl in the panel of coaches.

"I think it works really well, one girl and the three guys, I was more than happy with that," said Minogue. "It stops there being any stories about bitchiness, cattiness, any kind of competition. Maybe it would be interesting to flip it up in another season and have three women and one guy".

"I hope I am giving a voice to the girls, the women who look up to me or anyone like me in the business," she added. "Maybe it's proportionate to what is in the [music] industry."

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