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Len Goodman divides fans on DWTS with decision that ends in tears

The head judge had a difficult choice to make on Monday's show

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Hanna Fillingham
US Managing Editor
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Len Goodman has been head judge on Dancing with the Stars since the show began and in that time he's had some difficult decisions to make.

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It was safe to say that Monday's show ended in a tough choice for the former professional dancer, who had the final vote in saving the bottom two contestants – Mel C and Gleb Savchenko, or Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy.

The 77-year-old didn't find it an easy decision to make, with his fellow judges already divided over who to save. Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba chose to save Mel and Gleb, while Derek Hough gave his vote to Olivia and Val.

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Pushed for an answer by host Tyra Banks, Len chose to give some advice to both celebrities before revealing his final decision.

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He told them: "Don't let success go to your head. And don't let disappointment go to your heart. It was a very close thing. Neither of you deserve to be in this…" He continued: "Okay. I'm going to say the couple I'd like to save is Olivia and Val."

Evidently surprised, Tyra exclaimed "Whoa," and Mel hung her head, clearly emotional and close to tears.

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Len Goodman had the final decision, sending Mel C home

Mel's fans were shocked by the decision, especially as her quickstep to You're The One That I Want scored an impressive 36 out of 40, her highest score of the season.

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"I'm so shocked Mel C got eliminated before some other people," one wrote on Twitter, while another tweeted: "Really shocked at Mel C being eliminated from DWTS. I thought she would at least make the semi-finals."

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Mel C had scored her highest mark on DWTS so far

A third added: "I don't think Mel C should have gone home tonight." A fourth remarked: "How could you send a Spice Girl home?"

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It had been an emotional week for Mel, who was struggling with her confidence during training. In a rehearsal video prior to the dance, Gleb said: "Melanie has been struggling throughout this whole process to find her confidence as a dancer.

"And I really hope this week will be a breakthrough moment for her." The singer proved that she was more than capable of performing the dance iconic Grease number, and received praise from the judges following her dance.

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