|Mar 19th, 2014
Sarah Thomas, Entertainment writer
The Sydney Morning Herald
Pop star Paula Abdul with Neighbours stars Jackie Woodburne, who plays Susan Kennedy, and Alan Fletcher, who plays Karl Kennedy
So she thinks she can dance, but can she act?
Paula Abdul is making a surprise cameo on Neighbours as a potential love interest for Dr Karl, who reveals he has a long-term crush on the diminutive dance queen.
Abdul, who is a judge on Ten's So You Think You Dance Australia, joined the cast of Neighbours, another Ten stablemate, in downtown Erinsborough for filming on Monday.
A Ten spokeswoman said the "light-hearted" episode, which will air in June, will see Abdul staying at Lassiter's Hotel, where she comes across Dr Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher). The spokeswoman hinted that Dr Karl is tempted to stray, having met the object of his affection, despite his looming 20th anniversary with wife Susan (Jackie Woodburne).
Abdul said she had been a long-time fan of the show, since watching it when she lived in Britain.
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"I remember watching Neighbours when I was in England in the 1980s," she said. "I thought it was a lot of fun and for it to still be popular after nearly 30 years is an amazing achievement.
"Everyone was so nice and I will admit, Dr Karl was very charming. I had a really lovely time."
So You Think You Can Dance Australia is aired Thursdays, 7.30pm on Ten. Neighbours is aired weeknights, 6.30pm on Eleven.