Spice Girls’ Emma Bunton CONFIRMS she and her bandmates will make big announcement in a matter of HOURS amid comeback talk… but Victoria Beckham won’t be part of the lineup
Emma Bunton has confirmed the Spice Girls will be making an announcement on Monday afternoon.
The Wannabe hitmakers are expected to unveil dates for an upcoming stadium tour but the 42-year-old singer – who will be joined by Geri Horner, 46, Mel C, 44, and Mel B, 43, in the reunited band – refused to spill the beans ahead of their statement.
Speaking on her Heart Breakfast radio show on Monday, she said: ‘It’s so exciting. Everything will be announced just after three o’clock today on social media. You can go to @spicegirls but don’t look at me anymore, because I might just blurt it all out.
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Announcement: Emma Bunton has confirmed that she and her Spice Girls bandmates will be making a big announcement on Monday afternoon, amid comeback talk
‘After 3 o’clock today you will find out everything. I just want it out there. It will be brilliant.’
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History’s most iconic girl group are said to be launching their new social media channels, along with a video announcing their comeback and details of how to buy tickets to their latest stadium tour.
But the catch is that Victoria Beckham – who was known to fans as Posh Spice during the group’s heyday – won’t be actively involved.
When five become four: Singers (L-R) Mel B, Geri Horner, Mel C and Emma are expected to announce their comeback without bandmate Victoria Beckham (right)
Confirmation: Emma confirmed the speculation on her Heart Breakfast radio show on Monday
Mum: However, the 42-year-old beauty refused to spill the beans ahead of their announcement
Co-hosts: The mother-of-two’s co-host Jamie Theakston probed her about the announcement
According to The Sun, four of the five members have shot an announcement video, sans singer-turned-designer Victoria.
Official imagery, alongside the video, is expected to be released, amid expectations they will spark a huge flurry of activity on social media, much like in February when all five members congregated for a meeting at Geri’s north London home.
While rumours have rumbled all year since then, it’s said that Monday is the day the news will break, albeit with a notably Posh Spice-shaped hole.
Regardless, Victoria is said to still be set to make a profit from the reunion, given that she owns an equal stake in the Spice Girls brand.
Viva 4-ever? According to The Sun, four of the five bandmates shot the announcement video
Give us what we want! Regardless, Victoria is said to still be set to make a profit from the reunion, given that she owns an equal stake in the Spice Girls brand
In addition, she wrote many of the group’s songs, which will feature in the comeback tour.
A source told The Sun: ‘Girl power is back! This is the biggest music comeback of the decade and tickets are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale at the weekend!’
It’s also reported that the four involved Spice Girls – known affectionately as Baby, Scary, Sporty and Ginger Spice – will shoot an interview for The Jonathan Ross Show on Wednesday, set to air on ITV at the weekend.
The tour will supposedly take place in summer 2019.
Simon Fuller – the band’s original manager, before they sacked him at the height of their fame in 1997 – was seen congregating with the girls at the meeting in February.
Anticipated: Official imagery, alongside the video, is expected to be released, amid expectations they will spark a huge flurry of activity across social media
Victoria – who has forged a career as a fashion designer in the years since the band called it a day in 2008 – was in fact the first of the singers to post a group shot of the girls’ reunion in February, to her Instagram.
She followed it up with another shot, this time with Simon in the frame, thanking him for their get together and captioning it ‘exciting’.
Since this, fans have been waiting all year for further news, with whisperings developing about a potential Greatest Hits album, TV show and tour.
This news comes three days after Victoria and Mel C were seen together at the Global Gift Gala on Friday.
Sharing a picture of Posh and Sporty spice, Victoria wrote: ‘So proud of @melaniecmusic X fantastic performance tonight!!! X #friendshipneverends #girlpower kisses VB.’
Friendship never ends: Victoria has shown there’s no hard feelings with her former bandmates, and even shared a shot cosying up to Mel C at the Global Gift Gala on Friday
‘The amazing Melanie C’: Victoria couldn’t help but gush over her former bandmate on Friday
She later took to her Instagram stories to share a video of her former bandmate singing, accompanying the footage with #GirlPower.
Meanwhile, Mel B was seen over the Halloween weekend, dressed up as Victoria, in a thinly-veiled nod to the situation.
Wearing a mask of Victoria’s face and a little black dress, Mel brandished an axe which had, ‘No I am not going on tour,’ written on it.
A friend, dressed as Victoria’s footballer husband David, waved around a sign that read: ‘Please please please do it for the Spice fans!’
The reunion will be the first time the Spice Girls have performed since 2012, when all five of them sung out the Olympic Games in London.
Never give up on the good times! The reunion will be the first time the Spice Girls have performed since 2012, when all five of them sung out the Olympic Games in London
Bitter Spice? Mel B was seen over the Halloween weekend, dressed up as Victoria, in a thinly-veiled nod to the situation
They joined forces again later that year to launch the Jennifer Saunders-written musical, Viva Forever, based on their music.
This was a short-lived endeavor, failing to win over audiences in the West End.
Prior to 2012, they had stormed stages across the world during their 2007/2008 Return Of The Spice Girls tour, which saw Geri return to the band for the first time since she quit in 1998.
Mel B, Mel C, Victoria and Emma had carried on without her, releasing a third studio album as a four-piece in 2000, titled Forever.
This was, to date, their final album of new music together, releasing standalone track Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) in 2007 and recording bonus track Voodoo on their Greatest Hits album that same year.
Ups and downs: Prior to 2012, they had stormed stages across the world during their 2007/2008 Return Of The Spice Girls tour, which saw Geri return to the band for the first time since she quit in 1998
Four again: Mel B, Mel C, Victoria and Emma had carried on without Geri, releasing a third studio album as a four-piece in 2000, titled Forever
Despite the gathering the girls enjoyed in February, Victoria has always insisted she won’t be part of another tour.
‘I’m not going on tour,’ she told Vogue earlier this year. ‘What does that look like in the future? It’s not me in a catsuit.’
In contrast, Mel B is wildly enthusiastically about her old costumes, having built a shrine in her bedroom to honour her Spice Girls days.
The tour is believed to be put together by Modest Management, the brains behind One Direction, and the group’s original manager Simon.
The Spice Girls shot to fame in 1996 with their hit song Wannabe, which went on to top charts in 37 countries. Since splitting, the five women behind iconic songs such as Stop and Spice Up Your Life, have all gone on to successful business ventures.
Iconic: Since splitting, the five women behind iconic songs such as Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life, have all gone on to successful business ventures
Spice Girls 3.0: This will mark the second major comeback for the group, the last one taking place 11 years ago
Last month, Mel B appeared on The Late Late Show WithJames Corden where she once again claimed the girl group will go on tour.
The America’s Got Talent judge said on the US late-night talk show it’s ‘100 percent happening’.
She went on to reveal to that three other band members are ‘for sure’ joining her back on stage.
‘I couldn’t leave all my Spice Girls clothing in a box,’ she said. ‘It sounds real self-involved, but I’m actually real proud of what us five girls accomplished.
‘So I’ve got it in my bedroom in the corner. When my friends come over we play dress up.’
Last time: The group last toured together in 2007/2008, pictured at a show in Toronto
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