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Regis and Kelly to Debut Updated Look Monday

01/04/2009 at 01:00 PM EST

Regis and Kelly to Debut Updated Look Monday
Gabriel Saientz with Philbin and Ripa
Courtesy Live with Regis and Kelly

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

Live with Regis and Kelly is getting a makeover for 2009. On Monday, the chatty morning show will debut a crisp new high-definition look and a new theme song.

Stars Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa will also appear in a revamped opening segment that works more New York City scenes into the picture, according to producers. But one element that will not change a bit is the show's Central Park-view backdrop. Producers opted to keep the mesh piece instead of upgrading to a hi-def version to keep a touch of softness.

To remake the show's theme song, Live conducted a contest, and received more than 3,000 submissions from pros and amateurs alike. The winner is Gabriel Saientz, a 35-year-old professional pianist from Argentina, who lives in Miami. In December, Saientz was presented with a $100,000 check for winning.

Producers have kept the new tune under wraps, but Saientz describes it is "a lively, happy theme song that goes with [Regis and Kelly's] personalities."

Anne Hathaway will be a guest on Monday's show where she'll talk about her new movie Bride Wars.

Regis and Kelly to Debut Updated Look Monday| TV News, Kelly Ripa, Regis Philbin

A preview of the show's new opening segment

Courtesy Live with Regis and Kelly

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