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Darkness singer gets wax double
Justin Hawkins with his waxwork double
The singer is famed for his colourful costumes and stage shows
Justin Hawkins, the flamboyant frontman with rock group The Darkness, is at the centre of the latest hands-on activity at Madame Tussauds in London.

On Thursday, Hawkins came face-to-face with his wax double, dressed in a pink and white catsuit, which will judge the air guitar skills of visitors.

Fans will be invited to play an imaginary guitar on a "Wembley-inspired set" with smoke and music pumping out.

But the real Hawkins said: "I find the process of air guitaring rather silly."

He added: "What makes a good air guitarist? Alcohol.

"I have been known to adopt the air bass on occasion because it frees up your legs and your hips for more expressive movement."

Giant leap

The Air Guitar Star exhibit will allow budding rockers to show off their air guitar skills with props including tennis racquets and brooms and a Spandex-clad backing band.

They will be taught how to do the Fishtail Jump and Scissor Jump as well as high-speed skids across the stage and giant leaps into the crowd.

The wax Hawkins will then give his verdict on the performance.

It is the latest attempt by Madame Tussauds to get visitors involved in its exhibits. Staff already encourage fans to try a dance routine as Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears or a Bollywood star.

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