Delta Goodrem pens emotional Neighbours tribute after cancellation: 'End of an era'
As fans come to terms with the fact that Neighbours has officially been cancelled after 37 years on air, Delta Goodrem has taken to social media to share an emotional tribute.
The singer-songwriter, who rose to fame on the long-running soap opera in 2002, posted a video montage on Instagram on Tuesday celebrating her character Nina Tucker.
The clip featured a number of Delta’s most iconic moments from the show, including when she first performed her song Born To Try, when her hair was dyed green and when she returned to Ramsay Street for the 30th-anniversary special.
“It truly is the end of an era,” she wrote in the caption. “The show was a true school of the industry for so many people’s paths including mine!
“The moment of Nina singing Born To Try for the first time stayed with me forever. The start of it all… And then coming back to Erinsborough years later… You always felt at home walking on set!
“Congratulations on the incredible 37 years to all involved and big love to all the fans of the show. It’s been a wonderful experience to be a part and share with you,” she continued, before quoting the show’s theme song: “Everybody needs good Neighbours.”
A number of Delta’s followers took to the comments to praise her time on the series and express their desire for her to return for the finale.
"So sad that my favourite TV show is being cancelled,” one fan wrote. “We need Nina to make one last final appearance.”
“I think Nina needs to swing back to see everyone and play her new single,” another added.
“Could you sing the theme tune one night on tour?” someone else suggested.
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After playing the role of Nina from 2002 to 2003, Delta was forced to leave Neighbours when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 18.
She returned to the show in 2004 and 2005 and also came back in 2015 to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary.
In 2003 Delta won the Silver Logie for Most Popular New Talent for her portrayal of Nina, and earned further nominations the following year for Most Popular Actress and the prestigious Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television.
‘We are so sorry’
After Neighbours stars and fans spent weeks rallying together to try and save the show from cancellation, it was confirmed earlier this month that the soap opera would officially cease production in June after being unable to secure funding.
“We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that Neighbours will cease production in June,” a statement shared to the show's Instagram page read.
“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.
“To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team. We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”
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