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'Neighbours' launches UK talent search

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Neighbours is to give British fans a chance to win a one-month guest role on the soap, it has been announced.

The show's producers are looking for a budding female star to play Poppy Rogers, a friend of Malcolm Kennedy who is to arrive on Ramsay Street in the not-too-distant future.

Described as a "free-spirited young woman in her early 20s", Poppy grew up in a small country village in England and met Malcolm while backpacking around Europe.

Neighbours' talent search is being organised by the serial's UK broadcaster Five as part of the programme's 25th anniversary celebrations. Applicants, who must be aged 18 or over on May 28, 2010, can download an audition script from Five's website and upload their try-outs on YouTube.

Once the audition stage is over, a panel of judges will pick five finalists and put them forward for a public vote. The two contestants with the most votes will then fly out to Melbourne, where a winner will be picked by Neighbours bosses.

Five's controller Richard Woolfe said: "Neighbours is loved and watched by millions in the UK. I'm thrilled we have the opportunity to find a brand new star and hand them the international stage Neighbours provides." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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