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One Direction immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 01:38

Apr 18 - Brit boyband One Direction are immortalized with their own waxwork figures at Madame Tussauds in London, to the delight of screaming teenage fans. Joel Flynn reports.

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They've scored hit after hit single with songs like "Kiss You". But now it's One Direction's turn to be kissed -- or at least their waxworks, which have been unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. Dozens of screaming teenage fans jumped next to the wax figures of their icons, and weren't shy about planting their lips on them either. SOUNDBITE: 15-year-old One Direction fans, Lisa and Ruby, saying (English): RUBY: "It was probably the closest I'm going to get to kissing Harry, and it was a really good experience and I really enjoyed it and hopefully I'll be able to kiss Harry." LISA: "You're probably the first person to ever kiss that thing's cheek as well." RUBY: "I know. I'll go down in history. It was really, really good." The figures are the first boyband to be immortalised by Madame Tussauds since The Beatles in 1964. Each figure cost around £150,000 to make each, involving 40 people working for four months non-stop. That, says sculptor Stephen Mansfield, is made a lot harder with the energy the band have together. SOUNDBITE: Madame Tussauds Principle Sculptor, Stephen Mansfield, saying (English): "You can imagine they're all sort of lively people, particularly when they're all together, and although we did the original sittings separately, we all went and did a second sitting where they were all together, so we were all in a row with our heads and they all came in and sat next to them all, and we worked on the sculptures individually. But yes, when they're together you can imagine it's quite a lively atmosphere." Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson will be on show at Madame Tussauds in London. But, much like their real counterparts, they'll be off on tour around the world in just a few months.

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One Direction immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 01:38