If there is going to be a Spice Girl Reunion tour it’s going to have to go on without Victoria Beckham and Mel C. The other members of the group are feeling so pressured to do something to celebrate their 20th anniversary that they are supposedly planning to hold auditions to replace the reluctant members.
According to Paper, the willing Spice Girls would like to proceed, and fully expected Victoria Beckham to back out but were not expecting Mel C.’s (Melanie Chisholm) participation to be contingent on Beckham’s involvement.
— Vulture (@vulture) June 16, 2016
The other three spices; Scary (Melanie Brown), Ginger (Geri Halliwell or Horner), and Baby (Emma Bunton) are anxious to get a 20th-anniversary tour going with or without Posh and Sporty. Emma Bunton has been active in trying to get something off the ground.
“It’s a celebration of us still doing our thing 20 years on and still being supportive of each other, so we will see what happens. We are all just kind of in talks right now.’
Mel B. believes that the Spice Girls owe it to the fans to come together to celebrate this special milestone.
“It’s our 20th anniversary this year, and it would be rude not to celebrate.”
Victoria Beckham has already made it very clear that she is not interested in going backwards. The Inquisitr reports that she admitted to essentially being a prop and lacked confidence in her vocal skills, prompting her managers to cut off her mic during performances. She found her calling as a fashion designer and has successful clothing and accessories lines, and an enviable life with her gorgeous husband, ex-soccer star David Beckham, and four children.
Beckham is far more successful than Mel B. (Melanie Brown), Emma Bunton, Gerri Halliwell (Geri Horner), and Mel C., and her reluctance to shed her designer duds and power position to wear tacky clothing and suffer through rehearsals is understandable. And, who is crazy enough to leave David Beckham alone for months? Posh Spice may read clueless, Victoria Beckham does not.
Actually, the “playing hard to get” is beginning to smell like a ploy. The normally stoic fashion designer has been flashing the “Girl Power” sign lately. Metro posted three Instagram photos of her flashing peace signs with Spice Girl related hashtags. This doesn’t look like someone who is trying to distance herself from the group.
Melanie Chisholm has been a bit cryptic too. One day she’s on board, the next day she’s out and not talking to Mel B. During an interview with The Sun on June 6, she avoided confirming her participation in the nonexistent tour.
“I will always be a Spice Girl. It’s a wonderful part of my past – but it’s still very much my present.”
When asked directly if a reunion tour is being planned, she gave a non-answer.
“You never know what’s going to happen. I’m not allowed to comment on that.”
If there is indeed a Spice Girl 20th Anniversary Reunion tour (which is looking doubtful as the year is half over and still no official announcement), selling a partial group or replacements for Posh and Sporty is going to be tough. One of the reasons the Spice Girls were so successful was because there was at least one character to relate to and fans want nostalgia, not an impersonator or new flavor.
Perhaps they should enlist Adele to take over for Victoria Beckham and Mel C. Her voice certainly makes up for the lack of theirs, and people WOULD pay to see that. She’s clearly a fan and even covered the best-selling female group of all time during a recent performance.
— Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic) June 4, 2016
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