Mel C gutted as she holds back tears during shock Dancing With The Stars elimination

Melanie C fought back tears as she became the fifth contestant to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars despite being frontrunners to win.

The former Spice Girl, who wasn't invited to her former bandmate Emma Bunton's wedding, and her professional dance partner Gleb Savchenko found themselves in the bottom two against Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy before ultimately being given the boot by the show's judges.

And the 47 year old emotionally expressed her disappointment at leaving the series, revealing: "Look, somebody's got to go, you know? Everybody worked so hard, and every week, everyone produces great dances.

"[But] I am absolutely gutted. I am gutted to go," she told Entertainment Weekly. "It's been hard, but I wanted to be around longer."

The singer optimistically added: "But everything happens for a reason. Let's see what the future holds."

Mel further relayed her disappointment on Instagram, writing in a post: "I'm gutted to have been eliminated tonight but it's one of those things and it wasn't meant to be.

"It's been an incredible experience and I've met some wonderful people, the foremost being my fantastic partner and teacher @glebsavchenkoofficial."

During the final decision, head judge Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli spared fellow frontrunner Olivia over Mel.

While fellow contestants reacted in shock over the results, Mel was seen welling up with tears on stage.

Mel had given it her all during a phenomenal quickstep performance to Grease's You're The One That I Want with partner Gleb.

Their routine scored them a well-deserved 36 out of 40 points which was their highest so far.

Ahead of their performance, the Brit was filmed struggling with her confidence in rehearsals.

She tearfully told Gleb: "I feel like I don't trust where to go with it, do you know what I mean? And sometimes I get upset because I feel like you're really disappointed in me."

Following their performance, the judges praised Mel for overcoming her insecurities and doubts.

Carrie Ann Inaba told her: "I appreciate your vulnerability there because this whole thing is a journey, and as a judge, like, I'm not judging the vulnerability, but I love that you shared that.

"It makes us appreciate what you do out there even more, and that's the beauty of Dancing with the Stars."

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