Pop beauty Beverley Knight was mortified when her idol Chaka Khan forced her to leave her glasses on during their impromptu duet on Monday (14JUN04).

The AS YOU ARE singer was delighted to fulfil her life-time ambition of singing with the 51-year-old icon at London's JAZZ CAFE but was not prepared for the honour - so she reluctantly wore her large spectacles while she sang.

Knight excitedly reveals, "Chaka was doing her thing. Next, she gets me up on the stage. Singing with one of my all-time heroes was absolutely amazing.

"However, I usually wear contact lenses on stage. but I was totally caught out in my specs!"

15/06/2004 21:21