Dannii Minogue's Oz extravagance
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 September 2010
'X Factor' bosses were reportedly left fuming with the huge cost of sending hopefuls to Dannii Minogue's house in Australia
'X Factor' judge Dannii Minogue's house auditions in Australia cost TV bosses "a fortune", it has been claimed.
The luxury eight-day trip for eight contestants, crew and producers as well as hosts Dermot O'Leary and Konnie Huq, bust the show's budget, meaning the other judges had to make do with two-day trips at down-graded locations across Europe.
The lucky contestants who jetted to Dannii's Melbourne home - where she was on maternity leave after having a baby - enjoyed top hotels, jet skiing and a trip out on a yacht.
They were also even given extra time in Australia to recover from jet lag.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The Australian part of the show cost a fortune.
"All the other trips were two days long but they had to give the contestants and hosts in Australia time to recover from jet lag so it cost more. No other locations were anywhere near as glamorous."
Judge Cheryl Cole - who missed most of the auditions stage after contracting Malaria - had to make do with an English country house, which was being refurbished at the time.
The Girls Aloud star, who last year treated her group to a luxury break in Marrakesh, even had her filming interrupted by builders.
In another bid to claw back the budget, Louis Walsh - who hoped to hold the auditions in Las Vegas - had to settle for a hotel in Limerick, Ireland, while Simon Cowell had to scrap plans for a lavish break in Los Angeles and took his hopefuls to Spain's Costa Del Sol instead.