By Lynette Rice
November 16, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST

Amid the now predictable parade of leggy babes and breathlessly small booties, the Spice Girls kicked off their long-awaited reunion at the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show in Hollywood on Nov. 15 (the half-hour special will air Dec. 4 on CBS). Gone are the pleasantly curvy popstars who took the music world by storm in the late ’90s; the Spice Women are now lithe, elegant, and, well, a tad underwhelming.

Opening with their old single “Stop” and following up with the (badly titled) new tune “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends),” the ladies finished their set with a collective bearhug on the catwalk, where Seal and his bride Heidi Klum had just completed an unexpected, show-stealing duet of “Wedding Day.” (Okay, so maybe Heidi’s crooning can’t rival Sporty’s, but damn does she look hot for having just had a kid).

Perhaps I’m being too hard on the ol’ girls; returning to the spotlight after a long dormant period is never easy, and Posh was saddled with the added (and incredibly difficult) task of actually smiling. Still, I don’t want a demure, glammed-up, and lip-synching version of the babes who gave us “Wannabe.” I want a spectacle that’s low-brow, spontaneous, and a little bit naughty! Are you with me on this one? Or are you okay with a quieter, classier Spice Girls incarnation?