Wed July 11, 2012 9:35am
A London concert that was to reunite Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan for the first time in more than 20 years has been cancelled because rain turned the outdoor venue into a mudbath.
THE Hit Factory Live tribute gig for music producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman was meant to have taken place in Hyde Park in central London on Wednesday.
Fans had snapped up tickets to see Minogue and Donovan reprise their 1988 hit duet Especially for You.
Steps, Bananarama and Rick Astley had also been due to perform.
But downpours that have soaked Britain for weeks combined with last weekend's Wireless music festival meant the site had become churned up.
"I am so sorry to hear that the concert tomorrow had to be cancelled," Minogue said.
"I feel for all the fans who had bought tickets to this special event.
"Jason and I were rehearsed and excited to share this moment with everyone."
Donovan said he was "extremely disappointed", but he's quietly hoping for another chance to hit the stage with his one-time girlfriend and former Neighbours co-star.
In a series of Twitter posts on Tuesday, Donovan wrote, "Yesterday was a great rehearsal .... Band, Songs and even my voice was all sounding great (and) Kylie and I were really looking forward To singing Especially For You for the first time LIVE... Well... You never know, I'm sure we'll get another chance!! Fingers crossed."
Donovan and Minogue won wild popularity as couple Scott and Charlene in the soap opera Neighbours in the late 1980s and were a real-life couple at the same time.