Vernon Kay had ‘close call’ as ITV contestant hurled knives at star, says Mel B

Mel B discusses her experience of domestic violence

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Vernon Kay, 47, is known for throwing himself into everything he does so his latest show comes as no surprise. However, Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown, 45, was left feeling anxious when she appeared on the show.

My heart almost stopped because it looked shockingly dangerous and seriously I thought he had an incredibly close call

Melanie Brown

While filming the new ITV programme, Game of Talents, Melanie recalled her horror after Vernon joined a daring act on stage.

During the episode which is set to air this evening, a performer dressed as the Queen of Hearts threw several knives towards Vernon.

The new show sees contestants partner up with a string of celebrities as they try to discover the hidden talents of mystery performers with the hopes of winning a substantial cash price.

However, Melanie was prepared to “run for help” when the daring act took to the stage.

The Leeds born star said: “My heart almost stopped because it looked shockingly dangerous and seriously I thought he had an incredibly close call which even he looked a bit taken aback by.

“I don’t think he had planned it liked that, to be honest, I was all ready to run for help.”

Vernon appeared to poke his head through a wooden board before the performer hurled several knives towards the presenter.

The thrower later joked that they can become easily distracted before dropping a knife on the floor.

Melanie added to PA: “I’m a very competitive person, when I was a kid at school my dad used to take me to the park and train me for sports day and I’d win nearly all the prizes so that’s the sort of person I am.

“It was why I loved dance so much, because at seven years old I went to this incredible lady in Leeds who would keep moving you from the front row to the second row to the back row, and I had to stay in the front so I’d practise, practise all the time to keep my spot.”

The For Once In My Life singer went on to say: “All my kids are competitive too which made Monopoly games fun during lockdown, we’re all screaming and shouting and jumping up and down.

“But because I’m so competitive I wanted my contestant to win big time.”

Melanie’s appearance on the programme comes just days after she released a music video in collaboration with Women’s Aid.

The mum-of-three is seen trying to escape an abusive partner in the video that is also in collaboration with composer, Fabio D’Andrea.

In the sobering video, Melanie can be seen wearing makeup to mimic a bloodied face and bruises, as she is dragged across the room and beaten by a partner.

While the video shows that the couple’s relationship is the picture of happiness to those around them, behind closed doors she is left terrified by her partner’s violent behaviour.

The clip ends with a bloodied Mel dramatically fleeing her house after her partner leaves, desperate to escape his abusive behaviour.

Melanie, who is a patron for Women’s Aid said that she wanted it to be “an honest representation of what we have all gone through”.

For support, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or other services, available here.

Game Of Talents airs on Saturdays at 8.30pm on ITV.

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