Leeds star Mel B wants Spice of life in 2016

Mel B on stage with the Spice Girls in 1997.
Mel B on stage with the Spice Girls in 1997.
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Leeds lass Mel B knows what she wants, what she really, really wants from 2016 – a full-on Spice Girls reunion.

Mel has revealed that “hopefully all” of the massive-selling band will be marking the 20th anniversary of their debut single Wannabe by getting together this year.

There’s nothing like getting up on stage and performing live to your fans and to a great crowd.

Mel B

Speaking ahead of the start of her latest TV venture, the artist formerly known as Scary Spice said: “I think once you’ve had a taste of that you’ll always strive for that high.

“I mean there’s nothing like getting up on stage and performing live to your fans and to a great crowd.

“You can’t beat that. So I’m always wanting that feeling back.”

Mel, who made up one fifth of the Spice Girls alongside Mel C, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell – now Horner – and Victoria Beckham, added: “I think it’s our 20th year [this year] so we’re going to be doing something at some point with hopefully all of us.”

In the meantime, the former Intake High School pupil is co-hosting new Channel 5 show Lip Sync Battle UK with rapper Professor Green.

Each edition will feature celebrities going head-to-head in routines where they mime to hit songs, complete with dance moves, facial expressions and costumes.

Asked which of her fellow Spices would fare best on the programme, Mel said: “Probably the most competitive one out of the group is Mel C because she never likes to get anything wrong, she doesn’t like to sing a note out of tune, she’s very regimented with her workout, so she would probably be the hardest one to beat.

“The easiest one would be Geri because she would forget the words in five seconds.”

The Spice Girls sold more than 75 million records and clocked up nine UK number one singles.

They split in 2001 but reformed for a globetrotting tour in 2007 and also reunited to perform at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Lip Sync Battle UK’s first episode goes out at 10pm this Friday and will see David Walliams taking on Alesha Dixon.

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