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Inside the stars' MTV dressing rooms

By Andy Brownstone
Newsbeat reporter

MTV backstage
A view of the Artist's Lounge backstage at the MTV Europe Music Awards

With only hours to go before everything kicks off, we get a chance to have a look around backstage.

The artists' dressing rooms are nothing special. You know those room dividers they used to have at school to split the classroom up and pin bits of work to? Well it's basically four of those with a door.

We have a quick peek in Estelle's. There's one sofa, a clothes rail, a mirror with lighbulbs round it, some Haribo, and a plastic tub with ice and a few drinks.

Not quite what you'd expect for a world class artist.

Apparently during the awards, 2,400 bottles of beer, 600 bottles of wine and 1,500 cans of Red Bull will be consumed backstage.

The eating area is a bit more swanky than the dressing rooms. There are three menus; UK, US and Asian.

The chef tells us the Americans have been "smashing" the US menu, in particular the buffalo wings.

There's a St Tropez spray on tan booth for artists to use before they go on stage.

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The make-up area is empty when we go past, but they'll be using 1,500 pairs of eyelashes, 500 wigs, and 100 sets of false nails.

We spot one of the goody bags; highlights include a nine inch laptop, 007 watch, a free mobile, some Russian vodka, and membership to a trendy London nightclub.

Hundreds of crew are rushing round us to add the last minute touches to the event.

Duffy and her band are set to appear from inside a large box, and as we leave the stage area, we spot a massive Cherry Chapstick.

Wonder which artist is going to be using that as a prop...



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