Yes, Spice Girls are reuniting for the Olympics Closing Ceremony
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: a Spice Girls reunion!
Thankfully, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will feature just that. According to the always-excited British press, the ’90s group’s five ladies — including the reportedly reluctant Victoria Beckham — have “signed on the dotted line” to perform as one sexy unit again at the Aug. 12 closing ceremony.
The band’s first reunion since 2008 was once rumored to be in the cards for 2010’s FIFA World Cup, but it hasn’t happened for the quintet — made up of Beckham (the singer-turned-fashion director known as Posh Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) — until now.
According to a Daily Mail source, the stars of 1997’s Spice World have only “a few weeks to rehearse. This is a serious proposition, Mel B has been bombarding Victoria with calls — she’s the sticking point. All the other girls want to do it. Victoria is extremely reluctant.” The going theory is that Beckham, who historically has been to a Spice Girls reunion what Katie Holmes has been to a Dawson’s Creek reunion — eventually relented due to the fact that her footballer husband David Beckham played a large role in bringing the Olympics to London in the first place. Another theory is that she likes being famous. (David was ultimately snubbed from participating in the actual Games this year, and lord knows that the MLS is no star-maker.)
Either way, we’re glad that the Girl Power group will be a part of the Olympic spectacle, which is also slated to include a performance from fellow reunited British legends Blur. Now the big question is whether the people behind London’s upcoming Viva Forever: The Musical will be able to rewrite their production in time.
Correction: This article originally forgot to include Geri Halliwell as a member of the quintet. Sorry, Ginger Spice fans!