A waxwork celebrating the life of Whitney Houston was unveiled at Madame Tussauds London today.

The special launch enlisted the help of a full gospel choir to unveil the wax figure, which was created to mark the life of the late singer, who passed away in February 2012.

Madame Tussauds' Nicole Fenner said: ''We are very excited to be welcoming Whitney Houston on to our London music stage for the next eight weeks.

''This is a very special figure as it was created after Whitney's very sad and untimely death with the close co-operation of her family, who were delighted by the results."

Meanwhile, artistic director Colin Vassell, said: ''Whitney Houston is one of the most talented singers of her - or any - generation and we were delighted to welcome her wax figure to London.

''She is a personal hero of mine so to get to stand alongside her and sing was a slightly surreal but awesome experience.

''We chose a song she performed in the film The Preacher's Wife because it is so uplifting and great fun to perform. We hope we did her justice.''