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Chocolate Elton John unveiled at Tussaud's

Wednesday 15 June 2005 @ 3:37 - GMT

David Furnish and Chocolate Elton  John statueAs reported here a few days ago, Elton has been immortalised in chocolate at London's famous wax cabinet, Madame Tussauds in London to celebrate Cadbury's centenary year.

David Furnish unveiled a chocolate statue of his famous other half today, declaring he looked good enough to eat.

Elton topped a recent poll by the chocolate maker to find the nation's favourite celebrity. He beat off competition from Will Young, Paula Radcliffe and David Beckham.

Elton was unable to unveil the statue himself, said David, because "he is really busy rehearsing."

On seeing the edible 126kg statue for the first time, David exclaimed: 'It's absolutely spectacular. The way the light shines on the chocolate looks so life-like, they've done a really good job.

Choccy Elton John"What could be better than to take the person you love and dip them in chocolate. It is the type of thing I would love to keep."

David said he hoped Elton would be delighted at the results.

"I hope he's as thrilled as I am. Elton is a very competitive man who likes to do well with his concerts and records. When he had heard he had won this contest he was delighted.

"I take my hat off to them, it looks fantastic. They've done an amazing job of capturing Elton's sense of joy, spirit and lust for life. It is so life-like it looks like they have taken the real Elton and dipped him in chocolate."

David also said plans are ongoing for he and Elton's up-coming wedding, which he said would be held in the UK.

The tasty chocolate figure, which took more than 1000 hours to create, will be on show at the London tourist attraction until the autumn in a specially built air-conditioned tent.