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American pop star Paula Abdul is the latest famous face to sign up for a guest appearance in Neighbours.

The former American Idol judge has filmed an episode in which she meets Alan Fletcher’s character Dr Karl Kennedy, who has had a long-term crush on the 51-year-old star.

“I remember watching Neighbours when I was in England in the 1980s,” says Paula, who will be seen strolling down Ramsay Street when the episode is shown in June.

“I thought it was a lot of fun, and for it still to be popular after nearly 30 years is an amazing achievement. Dr Karl was very charming and I had a really lovely time.”