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A ‘Lucky’ Florence + the Machine Remains Triumphant in the US
Anglophenia favorite Florence + the Machine continues to take the US by storm since wooing audiences at the MTV Video Music Awards in September with her Eat, Pray, Love hit, "Dog Days Are Over." Ms. Florence Welch is set to open two dates on U2's North American tour next summer and her multi-platinum debut, Lungs, will receive the royal reissue treatment on November 15th with the double-disc Between Two Lungs. Annnnd the gorgeous redheaded songstress has synced up with Smashbox for a stylish limited edition makeup kit.
With all of her great successes this year, the British singer/songwriter attributes it all to luck. "I've just been very lucky, I think," Welch tells Sky.com. "It was just basically being given the opportunity to perform at the VMAs just changed everything… The fact that it was 'Dog Days' that I got to perform, from an artistic perspective to really like go all out and create something that was like a piece of performance art at such an iconic event as the VMAs, it was really amazing."
Welch also says the days of getting sloshed are far, far behind her. "We used to get so much more drunk when we went on stage… because we'd be the first band on. I'm really surprised we've gotten as far as we have," she laughs.
At the end of the day, Florence + the Machine has one simple goal: "If I could somehow turn someone's morning into a musical, that would be good."
Lately, Flo has been making rounds on American television with performances on Dancing with the Stars and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. When recounting her experience on the famed ABC reality dance show, Welch informed US Magazine that she had a friendly meeting one of the cast's most talked-about contestants, Jersey Shore beefcake Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.
"I met The Situation," she says. "I was on my way to do an interview and he had gotten off on the wrong floor. I was trying to give him directions and we managed to get back on the lift together and he got to where he was going. He was so sweet."
Would Florence ever consider donning her dancing shoes for live television? "I would be too inclined to freestyle," she adds. "I would just start wigging out. I love dancing, but I wouldn't be able to keep to the steps. I'd be too much of a wild card, crowd surfing into the audience."
We heart you, Florence! Here's a look at her stunning DWTS performance: