After almost two decades, The Spice Girls are coming back for a reunion, but not all of them.
Earlier this month, Geri Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), and Mel Brown (Scary Spice) announced through a 41-second YouTube clip titled, “Spice Girls GEM”, that they will be reuniting under the new name, GEM – an acronym coined together from their first names.
The clip begins with their hit single “Wannabe” playing and Mel Brown saying, “We’ve been thinking…we have the best fans in the whole entire world.” The shot then switches to Geri Horner, who adds, “You’ve stood by us for 20 years, and we want to say a big thank you,” and Emma Bunton finishes their thought, “We’ve had our ups and downs, but you’ve always been there.” To end their video, the women all chime, “We want to celebrate and have a party. And when we do… You’re all invited!” and encourage fans to use the hashtag “#wannabe” to promote their upcoming reunion.
It was clear from the clip that the remaining two group members, Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) will not be joining in on the festivities. Although they have not made any official comments about GEM and their reunion show, they reportedly will always have fond memories of the group, but wish to leave The Spice Girls in the past to focus on their current lives. Beckham chooses to concentrate on her family and growing fashion empire, while Chisholm wants to hone a more serious music career.
Mel B, currently a host for America’s Got Talent, has been busy promoting The Spice Girls GEM reunion through several different interview outlets. During an interview on Access Hollywood Live a couple weeks ago, Mel Brown discusses the reunion and clarifies that GEM is simply the name of their website, and the girls are not looking to replace the iconic Spice Girls group. However, when asked about possible new songs, Mel B reveals,
We’ve been in the studio kind of experimenting with some different sounds and stuff like that but nothing to be able to share just yet.
The news of this reunion has garnered much buzz among the industry, even celebrity interest. Fashion model, Project Runway host, and close acquaintance to Mel B, Heidi Klum, is also enthusiastic about the reunion. Klum announced to Entertainment Tonight cameras, “Mel, I love you and you know if one of the girls is not coming, I’m going to be that missing Spice Girl,” she continues jokingly, “I’m going to be Sweetie Spice.” The last time all five original members performed together was during the 2012 Olympics in London.
Their reunion show will mark the 20th anniversary of “Wannabe”, the debut track which catapulted the 90’s girl group sensation into the music spotlight. The trio is set to perform next summer in London’s Hyde Park, and according to The New York Daily News, GEM is predicted to make at least 14 million dollars for each member from just one show. This number does not include the possible 21 million the group could make from sponsorship and endorsements–making it a huge pay day for the trio.