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Mel B wants Simon Cowell for TV show

Mel B is proud of the "fun, cool" environment on her new series Lip Sync Battle.

Mel B wants Simon Cowell to appear on her new TV show - goading that it's "cooler" than The X Factor.

The former Spice Girl was a judge on UK TV show The X Factor for one series in 2014, but has now turned her attention to a new programme called Lip Sync Battle. It sees two famous people dressing as singing icons and miming their songs, with the audience then deciding who is the ultimate winner.

Mel and Professor Green are presenting, and Mel has suggested her old X Factor co-judge Simon should get involved. "I’ll definitely ask Simon. It’s not like you get judged - we’re much more of a fun, cooler environment," she told Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The show kicks off on Channel 5 on Friday (08Jan15), with Britain's Got Talent stars David Walliams and Alesha Dixon taking to the stage. David takes on the might of Missy Elliot's Work It and Adele hit Hello, while Alesha prances around to Taylor Swift's Bad Blood and Skepta's Shut Down.

Professor Green has joked about who might crop up in future episodes - suggesting his reality TV star wife Millie Mackintosh should give it a go.

"Millie would like to do it, secretly," he laughed. “The mics aren’t turned on and she’s very conscious of her voice, so the fact the mics are off might sway her to appear."

While he'd be happy to see his spouse taking on another persona, the rapper has completely ruled himself out of proceedings.

"If I had to dance I would embarrass myself. I only have to nod my head because that’s all rappers have to do," he joked. “If I was made to do it, I would do Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

The star hopes the show will be back for a second series and if it is renewed he already knows who he'd like to appear - newscaster Jon Snow.

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