Former SPICE GIRL Mel B is so keen to pursue her acting career she has turned down the chance to appear as a judge on a new talent show alongside Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne.

The WANNABE singer - real name MELANIE BROWN - has bowed out of appearing on Britain's latest pop talent programme, The X Factor, to continue her role in the musical Rent on Broadway in New York.

Cowell explains, "We had a discussion with Mel B about being on The X Factor but she has made a commitment to Rent."

28/05/2004 14:02