Kylie Minogue admits there ‘was quite a bit of pressure’ on her to return to Neighbours for finale


Kylie Minogue admits there ‘was quite a bit of pressure’ on her to return to Neighbours for the soap’s finale

Kylie Minogue has spoken about what it took to get her to participate in the Neighbours finale.

The 54-year-old breakout star of the iconic soap admitted during the Late Night with Seth Meyers show that there was ‘pressure’ on her to return to the show that made her a star.

‘There was quite a bit of pressure for me to go back, so I shot my scenes,’ Minogue told Meyers on Tuesday.

Opening up: Kylie Minogue (pictured) has spoken about what it took to get her to participate in the Neighbours finale

Opening up: Kylie Minogue (pictured) has spoken about what it took to get her to participate in the Neighbours finale

She also revealed that at 19 years old she had ‘signed up for the dole’ in Australia before her career-defining role on the show.

‘When I was 19 I finished school, signed up for the dole, ’cause I thought “I’m never going to get a job,” but I got this role on Neighbours,’ she told Meyers.     

On August 1, it will be time for fans to say an emotional goodbye to Ramsay Street and its residents. 

And with the hour-long finale less than two months away, will the Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, also 54, star in the final scene?

The pair, who played Charlene and Scott Robinson, quit the soap 33 years ago – and their onscreen wedding is considered a significant cultural moment of the late 1980s. 

After 37 years on British TV... is THIS how it ends? Iconic Aussie soap Neighbours 'could welcome Minogue and Jason Donovan back to Ramsay Street' for final ever scene

After 37 years on British TV… is THIS how it ends? Iconic Aussie soap Neighbours ‘could welcome Minogue and Jason Donovan back to Ramsay Street’ for final ever scene 

According to The Sun, the pair will turn to each other before smiling and declaring they are ‘home’, in the show’s closing moments. 

A source told the publication: ‘Everyone is gutted the show is coming to an end but they are determined to go out on a high.

‘Kylie and Jason have such strong ties to the series they didn’t even think twice about returning.

‘The final scene will make fans well up and sees Charlene and Scott return to the street as they declare, “we’re home”‘.

Iconic: The pair, who played Charlene and Scott Robinson, quit the soap 33 years ago - and their onscreen wedding is considered a significant cultural moment of the late 1980s

Iconic: The pair, who played Charlene and Scott Robinson, quit the soap 33 years ago – and their onscreen wedding is considered a significant cultural moment of the late 1980s 

It has also been said that bosses have written the script so Neighbours could make a comeback if anyone ‘wanted to rescue it’. 

Kylie quit Neighbours in June 1988, having become the first person to win four Logie Awards in one year and the youngest ever recipient of a Gold Logie. 

She went on to launch a phenomenally successful music career, selling more than 80 million albums worldwide.    

Onscreen couple: According to The Sun, the pair to will turn to each other before smiling and declaring they are 'home', in the closing moments

Onscreen couple: According to The Sun, the pair to will turn to each other before smiling and declaring they are ‘home’, in the closing moments

It comes after Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison has hinted the pair will have a bigger role in the finale than first reported.  

Speaking to The Herald Sun on Wednesday, he said the recent leak didn’t fully explain the ’80s golden couple’s storyline in the episode.

‘What I’ve read is not what happens which is great. It hasn’t come out yet.’

He kept tight-lipped about the details of their appearance but he called the pair ‘wonderful’ adding it was ’emotional’ for them.

Pop star: Kylie quit Neighbours in June 1988, having become the first person to win four Logie Awards in one year and the youngest ever recipient of a Gold Logie (pictured that year)

Pop star: Kylie quit Neighbours in June 1988, having become the first person to win four Logie Awards in one year and the youngest ever recipient of a Gold Logie (pictured that year)

‘Seeing Kylie back as Charlene was quite a moment. Very special and I think for them too it was a real full circle for them,’ he told the publication.  

Kylie and Jason’s wedding on the series 34 years ago was watched by 22 million people across Australia and the UK. 

Last month, a leaked script revealed the fate of the lovebirds, stating they will return to Erinsborough at the end of the episode and deliver the closing lines.  

Confirmation: It comes after Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison (pictured) has hinted the pair will have a bigger role in the finale than first reported.

Confirmation: It comes after Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison (pictured) has hinted the pair will have a bigger role in the finale than first reported.

Kylie and Jason, who were dating in real life at the time, were household names in both countries, and would each go on to launch music careers in the UK.

Their on-screen relationship began after Scott mistook Charlene for an intruder at his neighbour Madge Ramsay’s house, before eventually learning she was Madge’s daughter. 

After getting married, the pair left Erinsborough and moved to Brisbane.    

Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March.

All over: Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

All over: Neighbours announced that production would be ceasing on the long-running soap in a tweet back in March

Neighbours’ most memorable storylines

Scott and Charlene’s wedding 

Perhaps the most famous Neighbours moment, 20million people tuned in to watch Scott and Charlene Robinson, played by Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, get married in November 1988.

The pair’s friend and family were seen in floods of tears as Charlene walked down the aisle to Angry Anderson power ballad Suddenly, with neighbour Nell Mangel catching the bouquet.

Mark leaves Annalise at the altar

Mark Gottlieb and Annalise Hartman’s nuptials didn’t go to plan in 1994. While both parties were nervous on the day, Mark left Annalise at the alter, saying he couldn’t marry her. 

However, it wasn’t totally down to Annalise as he decided marriage wasn’t for him and decided to become a priest.

The death of Helen Daniels

Helen Daniels, played by the late Anne Haddy, established herself as the grandmother of Ramsay Street.

Embroiled in some gripping storylines, over the years she saw her life stolen by a conman, she had an affair with her daughter’s fiancé, and she fell down some stairs before suffering a stroke.

In a bid to bring the warring Ramsay and Robinson families together, she gathered them round to watch Scott and Charlene’s wedding together but, as they bickered over their differences, she quietly passed away on the sofa in her sleep.

The Lou, Madge and Harold love triangle

Madge Ramsay (Anne Charleston), Harold Bishop (Iain Smith) and Lou Carpenter’s (Tom Oliver) lives were entangled before the show even hit screens, with the trio knowing one another from their school days.

Madge fell head over heels for ‘Jelly Belly’ Harold but was also strongly attracted to cheeky Lou. 

However, Madge’s life took an unexpected turn for viewers when she married Fred Mitchell, with their relationship soon becoming troubled.

Madge and Harold later got back together and he proposed much to the distaste of Lou who attempted to win Madge over. Madge eventually married Harold in 1988.

After Harold’s death, Lou set his sights on Madge once more and the pair planned to marry but they called it off when he realised he wasn’t a match for Harold.

Harold returns from the dead 

Harold was killed off on the soap when he was swept out to sea when Madge’s back was turned, leaving nothing behind other than his glasses.

However, he made a shock return to Erinsborough five years later, declaring he’d suffered from amnesia, with Helen Daniels running into him by chance while browsing in a Salvation Army shop.

He returned to Ramsay Street to be reunited with Madge.

Madge’s death

Madge appeared on the show from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2001 as a much-loved character.

After Harold’s return, the pair renewed their marriage vows and fostered a child but she was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Doctors told her she had just months to live but further tragedy struck when her life was shortened even further after she developed septicaemia after cutting her finger.

Before her death, Lou confessed his undying love for her and she died in the arms of Harold. 

Susan’s memory loss

In typical soap style, Susan Kennedy (Jackie Woodburne) totally lost her memory after slipping on the milk from a spilled bowl of cereal in 2002.

She was convinced she was 16 years old again, a situation that left her incredibly confused when she found herself by chance at a 70s-themed birthday party. 

Toady’s heartache

Jarrod “Toadfish” Rebecchi, played by Ryan Moloney, found was first heartbroken just hours after his wedding to Dee Bliss (Madeleine West) in 2003 when he lost control of their car and drove it off a cliff, with her body never being found.

In 2010 he left Steph Scully (Carla Bonner) at the alter when he realised she didn’t love him and during his third wedding to Sonya Mitchell (Eve Morey) in 2013, a gas bottle exploded during the reception, destroying their marquee and leaving Sonya with a fractured skull and no memory of the wedding. Characters Priya Kapoor and Rhys Lawson were also killed in the blast.

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