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Duffy sets hair on fire backstage

Duffy, real name Aimee Duffy, is this year's singing sensation

Welsh soul singer Duffy told reporters how she saw her life "flash before my eyes" when she accidentally set her hair on fire while working in the US.

The 24-year-old star was due to perform at a Coldplay concert in Ohio last month when the incident occurred.

"I was in the dressing room and I had music on and candles alight."

She blew out the candle when it began to melt. "I bent down, not realising it was still lit. Then the entire left side of my hair went up in flames."

"At that moment, Chris was walking down the corridor to say, 'Hi'," said the Mercy singer, recalling her first meeting with Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin.

Somebody came in and said, 'Is someone cooking chicken?'

"I hadn't met him before and the place stank of burning hair.

"Somebody came in and said, 'Is someone cooking chicken?'

"I had black crumbs of hair all down me so I had to give it a chop and pin it back. It was really bad and properly embarrassing.

"Can you imagine if I had gone up in flames? Nightmare. I honestly saw my life flash before my eyes."

Duffy rocketed to global success with her debut album Rockferry earlier this year.

The album is well on the way to selling more than one million copies in the UK, and the single Mercy was number one in the UK for five weeks.

In May, the album went straight into number four in the US charts.

Her latest single, Rain On Your Parade, is released on 17 November.

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