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ITV has announced the celebrity lineup for upcoming entertainment series Your Face Sounds Familiar.
Olympic athlete Denise Lewis, comedian and presenter Alexander Armstrong and This Morning's Matt Johnson have all signed up for the competition, with Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson and former EastEnders stars Bobby Davro and Cheryl Fergison completing the lineup.
Contestants have no control over which famous singer they will have to impersonate. The decision will instead be made for them by the 'Randomiser'.
Celebrities will be awarded points for their performances, with the highest-scoring contestant winning a cash prize for their chosen charity.
ITV Commissioning Editor for Comedy and Entertainment Claire Zolkwer said: "Our viewers can expect incredible transformations, great music, unforgettable performances and a lot »
British vocal quartet Little Mix breaks a Spice Girls chart record this week, as the former's debut album, DNA, bows at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. It's the highest debut ever for a British female group's first album, surpassing the No. 6 arrival of Spice Girls' Spice in 1997. DNA was led by the single "Wings," which reached No. 26 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (known as Mainstream Top 40 on Billboard.biz). Photos: An 'American Idol' to 'X Factor' Timeline Overall, Little Mix has the highest start for any female group's debut album since 2006,
- Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Emma Bunton once auditioned for the role of Bianca Jackson in 'EastEnders'. The Spice Girl has revealed she got down to the final try outs for the part of the mouthy market trader - which eventually went to Patsy Palmer - on the BBC One soap when she was 17, but was left devastated when she got turned down. She said: ''When I was 17 I was up for the part. I loved the show and thought it was perfect for me. ''I got right down to the final auditions and then was rejected. It was really upsetting.'' The 37-year-old star picked »
Contestants will be transformed into a legendary singer for every show, before facing the 'Randomiser' to decide who they'll impersonate the following week.
Launching later this year, the celebrities won't get evicted from the show, but will instead be awarded points based on their singing and dance routines.
Whoever tops the leaderboard with their impression will receive a cash prize for a charity of their choice at the end of each episode, with a further grand prize for the series champion.
Dixon said: "This show is going to be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see their transformations and spectacular performances. »
"Well, you know what, nobody thought we were going to get together last year to do the Olympics, and so, I always say I'm not gonna say anything. Just let whatever happens, happen. Why say 'yes' just yet? But maybe," eonline.com quoted the 38-year-old as saying.
Her bandmates were Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwel and Mel C. The group disbanded in 2000 but reformed seven years later for a reunion tour. They last reunited for the 2012 London Olympics.
- Smith Cox
If you want to spice up your life today, you're in luck. A previously unheard Spice Girls song, "Strong Enough," leaked yesterday online. The reported demo track features vintage vocals from Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell. News: Spice Girls breakup? Mel C blasts tabloid for claiming Victoria is ditching the girls While "Strong Enough" is no "Wannabe," it does champion the iconic "Girl Power" message the ladies made famous in the '90s. The chorus is essentially just, "Are you strong enough? Strong enough? Strong Enough? Strong Enough?" Meanwhile the lyrics tell the story of "a little girl in a big and »
An unheard track which is reportedly a demo from the early days of the Spice Girls' career has made its way online.
Called "Strong Enough," the video was posted to YouTube on Tuesday, with the accompanying description reading "Demo taken from a cassette that Melanie B sold at auction. Leaked in 2013."
The mid-tempo song has the girls harmonizing, "I am strong enough, strong enough, strong enough / I am strong enough, strong enough, strong enough" -- take a listen above.
Made up of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Geri Halliwell, Spice Girls last released an album of new material in 2000, when "Forever" hit stores. The UK group reunited in 2007 for the release of a compilation album, »
- Madeline Boardman
The girl group looks so cute on the cover of the mag, and inside they spill on the advice One Direction shared with them.
Girl group Little Mix looks like they are having so much fun on Seventeen‘s June/July 2013 cover where they are wearing color-coordinated black and white outfits. The girls, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, look so excited to cover the mag! In bold prints and hot summer styles, the gals flaunt the latest trends inside the issue — don’t they look great? Inside the mag, the group opens up about the advice their pals in One Direction shared with them regarding how to make it in America.
Leigh-Anne says, “I asked the boys from One Direction how to make it in America and they basically said: ‘Be yourself and you can’t go wrong. »
- Katrina Mitzeliotis
Adam Lambert and Frank Ocean both won trophies at last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls presented the onetime American Idol-er with the Davidson/Valenti Award which is given to a member of the Lgbt community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights. Meanwhile, Lambert and Ocean tied in the category of Outstanding Musical Artist. Other awards went to the film Any Day Now and to writer Marc Lamont Hill for his article, “Why Aren’t We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?”
After being presented with the Davidson/Valenti »
- Clark Collis
That whole "friendship never ends" part? The Spice Girls take it pretty seriously, peeps. Melanie Chisholm—aka Mel C, aka Sporty Spice—has come out swinging in defense of gal pals Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Geri Halliwell after a report popped up Thursday claiming that the girl-power group had called it quits. According to U.K.'s the Mirror, the quintet supposedly decided to go their separate ways when lone holdout Posh refused to play along with the group's plans to kick off a reunion tour next year. Those allegations aren't sitting too well with Mel C, who immediately fired off an incensed, if open-ended tweet, that fans immediately linked to the Mirror »
Spice Girl Mel C has hit out a journalist over what she called a "rude, inaccurate and frankly disappointing" split story.
Sporty reacted angrily to a story in The Mirror by Clemmie Moodie that claimed the Spice Girls have decided to finally throw in the towel.
Mel C is not happy
The newspaper reported that the decision to retire was reached in a conference call 10 days ago between Mel B and bandmates Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell. It said they had ditched plans to tour in 2014 because Victoria Beckham refused to take part.
But Mel C has denied the story, writing on Twitter:
She then tweeted the journalist individually: "@clemmiemoodie Disgusted with your piece in the Mirror today."
The story comes just days after the band's musical Viva Forever was cancelled.
The curtain will go down on the stage show, which features songs from the Brit girl group »
- The Huffington Post UK
Nothing—even a West End production—lasts forever. But friendship never ends! Keep that in mind, Spice Girls fans, because Viva Forever, the musical inspired by Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Mel B, Mel C and Geri Halliwell's '90s success, is closing. And all the ladies (except for Posh, naturally) took to Twitter to mourn the short-lived show, which only opened this past December. "I am totally gutted that our wonderful show @vivaforever is coming to an end," Emma, aka Baby Spice, tweeted Thursday. "Thank you to all our amazing fans for your constant support!" Geri, otherwise known as Ginger Spice, wrote: "We love u all @vivaforever @emmabunton @MelanieCmusic »
London - Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! will close in London at the end of June after a run of just six months. "Sadly, #VivaForever today posts closing notices at The Piccadilly Theatre," the Twitter feed for the stage production in London's West End said Thursday. "The final performance is 29th June 2013." Critics slammed the musical featuring songs from the British 1990s girl-power sensation when it opened in December, leading to weak ticket sales. Written by Jennifer Saunders of Absolutely Fabulous fame, the show is about a girl band looking for stardom on a reality TV show. The
- Georg Szalai
The Spice Girls are 'absolutely devastated' over the closure of 'Viva Forever!'. It was announced last night (01.05.13) that the musical's run in London's West End is to come to an early end on June 29, and the quintet - whose songs form the foundation for the show - are very upset about the news. In a Twitter post Geri Halliwell revealed: 'We love u all @vivaforever , @emmabunton @MelanieCmusic @OfficialMelB @victoriabeckham #what a shocka , gutted x (sic)' Emma Bunton later tweeted: 'I am totally gutted that our wonderful show @vivaforever is coming to an end. Thank you to all our amazing fans for your constant support!' And in a tweet reposted by her bandmate Mel B, Mel C »
“Viva Forever”? Not as it turns out.
Producers announced Thursday that the Spice Girls musical will close at London’s Piccadilly Theater June 29 after a disappointing six-month run.
Producer Judy Craymer said despite tweaks since the show opened in December, “we just can’t make it work.”
It set out to take a timely satirical axe to our information-saturated age of Twitter and TV talent shows, but the critics were overwhelmingly hostile. »
- Associated Press
The Spice Girls musical playing in London's West End is called Viva Forever, but its run will last only six months. It was confirmed today that Viva Forever will close early, in June, despite the best promotional efforts of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham. Due to poor ticket sales and worse reviews, backers of the production say they could not make the financials work. In a statement the Girls expressed their own thoughts, saying, "Although Viva Forever won't continue in the West End, we are thrilled that the thousands of people who came to the show had as much fun as we did." »
- Allie Merriam
The Spice Girls musical, 'Viva Forever' is to close next month.
The curtain will go down on the stage show, which features songs from the Brit girl group and was written by Jennifer Saunders on 29 June.
According to the Daily Mail, the production has made a loss of at least £5 million after it was panned by critics (including our own Entertainment Editor) and failed to get bums on seats after just seven months in the West End.
But after poor ticket sales the cast were told yesterday that the show had been axed.
Cast member Anthony Topham, who plays Lance, took to Twitter to tell his followers: "Cut price Gerrard Butler type who can do a Geordie accent for hire! Viva Forever given »
- Matt Bagwell
The Spice Girls taught us two things: (1) If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends (we're still not positive what that means exactly); and (2) friendship never ends. The latter of which was clear when Emma Bunton and Melanie C. reunited for comedian Leigh Francis' 40th birthday party dressed as Baby Spice and Sporty Spice, respectively. "Baby and sporty are back!!!!" Emma tweeted alongside the above photo, showing Sporty in a soccer jersey that she actually wore during her Spice Girls days and Baby rocking her signature pigtails. The costumes were so on point that even former girl bander Geri Halliwell was confused. She said so »
The Spice Girl revealed that she is a fan of the BBC One show and would be interested in competing to make daughter Scarlet proud.
"Scarlet loves dancing and she loves Strictly," the singer told the Daily Star Sunday.
"I think I'll have to do it just to make her proud. I'm a fan too, so you never know."
"It's no surprise to anyone that Victoria's heart isn't in performing anymore," she said. "I have so much respect for her for doing that, she's worked really hard to get there. »
Victoria Beckham might have attended the premiere of the Spice Girls musical "Viva Forever" back in December, but she did so with her family, not her fellow bandmates. That's a decision that Melanie Chisholm, better known as Sporty Spice to Spice Girls fans, admits she, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown were "disappointed" by at the time.
"We were disappointed that Victoria didn't arrive with us on the red carpet at the premiere, I'm not going to lie. For her that evening was about her family, and that's what she wanted to do," Chisholm tells The Daily Mail.
She continues, "But we're all grown-ups and we've been through so much. If somebody wants to do something a certain way, then we are not going to kick up a fuss about it. The rules of the Spice Girls are that we do really respect each other, and that's all part of it. »
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