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Neighbours bosses have announced the new theme tune will be a duet between the UK and Australian finalists in its Neighbours Remixed competition.

Viewers on both sides of the world voted for one of five finalists from the UK, and one of five Aussie hopefuls, to represent their nation in a sing-off to become the new voice of the soap’s classic title track.

But after UK West End performer Daniel Boys and Australian singer Stephanie Angelini went head-to-head in the final in Melbourne last week, the judging panel found themselves unable to choose between them. And so Daniel and Stephanie will record the new theme tune together.

Daniel, a former contestant on BBC One’s Any Dream Will Do, said: “I’m so happy right now. This whole competition and trip here has been amazing. Stephanie is such a lovely girl and the outcome could not have been better.”

Stephanie added: “For someone starting out in the music industry, it’s an incredible opportunity and I’m honoured to sing with Daniel such a great theme tune to an iconic Australian series. I’ve been a fan of Neighbours for many years and to know that our voices will be heard on the show every night, that is just incredible.”

Neighbours’ executive producer Richard Jasek explained: “Both Stephanie and Daniel have exquisite voices and together created a harmony which took us all by surprise. We couldn’t let the opportunity go to put these extraordinary performers together, and the end result has far exceeded all expectations.”

The new Neighbours opening titles and theme will feature from next week on Australian broadcasts.

The new theme song will be heard from next week in the UK, but the new titles and opening credits won’t be seen until May 13.