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Last Updated: Wednesday November 28 2007 08:30 GMT

Scary Spice beaten in dance show

Mel B - Scary Spice - with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Spice Girl Mel B has come second in the American version of the TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

Scary Spice earned top marks from judges in Dancing with the Stars, but lost the viewer's vote to Brazilian racing driver Helio Castroneves.

She had looked like the favourite to win after the last-but-one show, which was watched by her fellow Spice Girls

Winner Helio Castroneves said he was "shocked" by his victory. In the final, US singer Marie Osmond came third.

Winner Helio Castroneves with dance partner Julianne Hough
Winner Helio Castroneves with dance partner Julianne Hough
Mel B had said winning the show would have meant "everything", but she "enjoyed all of it" anyway.

Mel B was praised by judge Bruno Tonioli - who also appears on the UK's Strictly Come Dancing - who said: "You've proven that you're complete dancer."

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

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