Are The Spice Girls Getting A TV Show? This Reality Competition Rumor Will Spark Fans' Interest
Say you'll be there: The Spice Girls officially reunited for a meeting last week. While there are plenty of rumors about what the five singers might be up to, Perez Hilton is reporting the Spice Girls might start their own TV talent show. Though this could easily just be pure gossip, their former manager, Simon Fuller — the creator of American Idol and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance? — being present at the meeting certainly raises the very real possibility. (Bustle reached out to the band's management for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.)
On Friday, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, and Emma Bunton (that would be Ginger, Posh, and Baby Spice) each posted pictures on their social media accounts of the five former girl band members at the meeting. Fans got excited immediately with speculation that the fab five is launching a reunion tour, but could it be that the '90s icons will be using their talents on television in addition to the the rumored international tour? On Wednesday, TMZ announced that a Spice Girls world tour may be on the horizon as early as late summer.
Well, British radio personality and podcast host Geoff Lloyd wrote on Twitter that a source told him that the gang was developing a talent show. He claimed,
"From a friend who works in TV: Spice Girls reunion project is a TV talent format, where the original Spice Girls are judges searching for/mentoring next generation. ie. A new Ginger/Sporty/Baby/Scary/Posh. Like Muppet Babies, but for Girl Power"
Though this bit of news is far from confirmed, it isn't that farfetched. In the Spice Girls' official statement to ET Online, the band seemed to imply they were looking into taking this reunion in a different direction:
"We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we have spent together. We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together. We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations."
Incredible new opportunities, you say? That sounds like it could be more than the standard reunion tour.
Then, there's Fuller. Though the television creator, as their former music manager, may have just been at the meeting to reminisce about old times, there's no doubt that he has quite the track record of developing popular mass media. In addition to being the mastermind behind Pop Idol, the British predecessor to American Idol and dozens of other international versions, Fuller also created the concept for S Club 7, a perfect example of '90s television.
In addition to Fuller's background, several of the Spice Girls have experience judging reality competitions. Mel B, aka Scary Spice, is as a judge on America's Got Talent, while Halliwell has been a judge on Australia's Got Talent. Also, Bunton was on the judging panel for ABC's competition show Boy Band. Beckham also served as a guest judge on American Idol.
If the show does come to fruition, it'll be interesting to see if the competition show focus on finding solo artists, individual talents that could be part of a girl group like the Spice Girls, or pit various groups against each other. From Lloyd's tweet it sounds like "girl power" — a very important part of the Spicey brand — will be a component of the series, which implies that the competition would be for female artists.
In any case, its exciting to think that the Spice Girls could be returning all together to television. Tours are great and all, but only if you're able to score tickets. Let's just hope there's a few special performances of their greatest hits to keep their music fans happy. Viva Forever, Spice Girls.