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Last Updated: Tuesday November 27 2007 11:19 GMT

Spice Girl fave to win dance show

Mel B - Scary Spice - with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Spice Girl Mel B is the favourite to win the US version of TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer has scored highly on her last-but-one show in Dancing with the Stars - and was watched by her fellow Spice Girls.

Her dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, called her "one of my prize students" who had really improved during the 10-week contest.

The winner of the series will be announced on Tuesday in America.

Mel B scored 55 out of a possible 60 points awarded by judges.

Maksim added: "She went from somebody who just had rhythm to having the guts to come out and do this."

The other Spice Girls watch from the audience
The other Spice Girls watch from the audience
In the final show, one of the remaining three couples will be thrown out in the early stages, leaving the final two pairs to fight it out for the trophy.

The series began with 12 pairs of celebrities and professional dancers.

The couples' scores are worked out by a combination of the judges' scores and viewers' votes.

Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli act as judges on both the US and UK shows, which have been running at the same time for several weeks.

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