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Spice Girl Mel B to host US dance TV show

Melanie Brown
Brown's new show will be aired on the Oxygen cable channel

Former Spice Girl Mel Brown is to host a dance and weight-loss show on US TV.

The 34-year-old, who was runner up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007, will front Dance Your Ass off when it returns for a second series this year.

Twelve contestants will compete to lose the pounds and be scored according to their weight loss and dance routines.

Brown said: "After the birth of my second daughter, I wanted to find a fun and effective way to drop the pounds and get back in shape."

Family plans

She added: "I realised I didn't have to look far to find the answer. Whether I was dancing around the house with headphones on or on stage with the Spice Girls... I learned firsthand that dancing was the key to shedding off the pounds and keeping them off."

Brown presents the second series of the show, which is shown on cable channel Oxygen.

Scary Spice, as she became known in the Spice Girls, is now based in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband, actor Stephen Belafonte.

She is mother to Phoenix Chi, 10, from an earlier marriage, and Angel, two, the daughter of actor Eddie Murphy, and recently told Hello! magazine she would like to have more.

"We definitely want to have kids at some point in 2010 or the beginning of 2011, because this year's going to be pretty busy," Brown said.

"Stephen has twins in his family and I would love to have twins. I think there's something nice about having two babies, and they're there for each other their whole entire life."

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