Waterman told Guiltenane: “I didn’t even know who Kylie Minogue was. It looks easy in hindsight, like I was a genius.
“We had a sort of inkling, but the week Kylie came in here we had four records in the Top 5, why would we do any more?
“A little Australian walks in who we’d never heard of from a soap opera and you go, ‘Christ, we haven’t got time for this.’”
Even when they realized Kylie was chart dynamite, Waterman said they had rejected the idea of a duet with her fellow Neighbours star Jason Donovan.
Waterman said: “I remember when we were asked to do a duet with Kylie and Jason and it was a no-no. It just smacked to us of commercialism. Of course it did.”