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Mel B lands big-money gig hosting online dating show The Truth Flirts for app Badoo

MEL B seems to be unstoppable at the moment.

Fresh from touring with the Spice Girls and landing a gig as the new panellist on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice, Scary Spice has also bagged her own online dating programme.

The star will host the chat show — called The Truth Flirts — for dating-focused social network Badoo.

The big-money gig sees Mel, who recently left her role as a judge on America’s Got Talent, interview a host of guests, from ­dating experts and gurus to pop stars and reality favourites, about love and romance.

It comes after the mum-of-three divorced abusive second husband Stephen ­Belafonte two years ago after she claimed he left her with just £800 in her bank account.

A telly source said: “Mel will grill a series of celebrity names from all ­backgrounds on their dating history and what they want to find in love.

“It’s ironic that Mel is now single ­herself so perhaps she’s hoping to pick up some tips along the way.”

As well as revealing she had a fling with bandmate Geri Halliwell ­during the group’s Nineties heyday, Mel was ­linked to Snow Patrol bass player Paul Wilson earlier this year.

Speaking last month Mel insisted on The Jonathan Ross show that she is focused on her family after her messy divorce.

She said: “I think relationships for me are a little bit scary, ­especially where I’ve come from. I’m happy just raising my three kids which takes up most of my time.

“Apart from that I’m working, I’m a ­single mum at the end of the day.”

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Alesha goes extra smile

ALESHA Dixon is all smiles on the set of ­America’s Got Talent, where she has taken over as a judge from Spice Girl Mel B.

The former Mis-Teeq singer showed off her incredible post-baby bod in a blue floral playsuit ahead of filming duties in LA.

Earlier this week, Alesha said she felt like the “luckiest girl on the planet” as she shared the first photo of her ­seven-week-old daughter, Anaya.

It’s great to see her back in action.

bizbit

REIGNING strictly champ Stacey Dooley threw a surprise party for beau Kevin Clifton to mark his 37th birthday. She gathered family and friends and bought balloons spelling out “King Kev”.

Murder on the X-Factor floor

FORMER Hollyoaks and Holby City actor ­Jeremy Edwards caused a stir on social media with his X Factor: Celebrity performance.

He hit back at trolls after murdering Kylie Minogue track Love At First Sight with ex-Strictly dancer Brendan Cole.

Blaming X Factor bosses for his appearance on Saturday, he tweeted: “I can’t believe they made me look fat AND sound out of tune! Bast#rds!”

“I’m actually an OK singer. You can hear the nerves in my voice! I’ve taken a bit of a kicking, which I know I should brush off, but it’s easier said than done!“

Berry X-mas

SHE’S already the queen of baking and now the BBC has cemented Mary Berry’s status by handing her a seasonal show.

Mary Berry’s Royal Christmas will see the former Bake Off judge rustle up Yuletide dishes.

The much-loved cook has invited a host of celebrity guests to join her for the kitchen extravaganza as they take a look at recipes both loved and hated by the royals over the centuries.

Filming for the sumptuous cookery special has already started and it will be shown on BBC1 in December.

I’m sure Her Maj will approve after Mary revealed that meeting the monarch was a career highlight.

Speaking in 2017, Mary said: “The greatest memory I had was to go to Buckingham Palace. What a pleasure it was to see her.”

I’m still waiting for my invite.

must watch

WHAT? Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, BBC2, 7pm.

WHY? Red Dwarf’s Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn travel around the West Midlands in search of antiques, assisted by experts Izzie Balmer and Tim Medhurst.

Vic's in bloom

THE Great British Bake Off has already given rise to numerous similar shows, and now the list is set to grow with a competition based around gardening.

Streaming giant Netflix will next year unveil The Big Flower Fight, where ten pairs of contestants vie to prove who’s the most green-fingered.

The eight-part series will be hosted by comic Vic Reeves, who is himself a keen gardener.

A TV insider said: “The creators are clearly continuing the GBBO format by setting a cluster of tasks each week.

“The contestants will be made up of florists, sculptors and garden designers, who will be tested on their skills.”

We’ll soon have a whole channel airing competitions 24 hours a day.

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