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Mel B Replaces Original Host of 'Dance Your Ass Off'

January 11, 2010 (9:20 am) GMT
Since some parties are not fond of Marissa Jaret Winokur hosting the weight-loss show, Oxygen decides to have a re-casting.

Losing weight in a fun way, "" will be back with a new face. Instead of welcoming back , the program by Oxygen Network has found a new host in . The ex member of will be running the show effective immediately in second season.

Executive Producer Dan Cutforth said some people do not feel connection with Winokur although the show received great feedback. "We didn't produce the first season of 'Dance Your A** Off,'" he said. "Oxygen considered it a huge success. They looked at some things they wanted to change."

He added, "Marissa was a fabulous host. She was great hosting the show and got great press, but they found in talking to the audience that there was a portion of the audience who loved her and a portion who didn't connect with her. The core Oxygen audience grew up as Spice Girls fans, so they connect with Mel B."

The show is featuring contestants who struggle with weight and want to lose some pounds. Instead of going with heavy training like "", "Dance Your Ass Off" pairs the contestants with professional dancers to shake their body and burn fats along the way. Season 1 witnessed champion Ruben losing 74.4 pounds.

Melanie Brown was almost a winner of "" season 5, coming second after Helio Castroneves.


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