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A Jolly Good Sport
As one fifth of The Spice Girls, Melanie C had already sold 55 million records by the time she was 24, not to mention the 12 million she flogged afterwards as a solo artist. These days, things are a teensy bit harder, but the artist formerly known as Sporty reckons girl power is still alive and well
Celina Murphy, 13 Feb 2012
Next on the agenda is Spice Girls; The Musical, which is set to hit the stage by the end of the year.
“We talked about it way, way back,” she recalls. “The girls and I always thought the songs would be great in a musical. Then Geri had the idea to get Judy Craymer on board, she’s done Mamma Mia! so she’s got an amazing record with musicals, and Jennifer Saunders is writing the script. It’s going to be weird, they’re not gonna be portraying us but they’ll be singing all the songs. It’ll be brilliant to have younger people in the audience singing along.”
‘90s junkies look away now; Chisholm is about to deny that the globetrotting fivesome are reuniting at this year’s Olympic Games. Not that the Liverpool lass will be betraying her old moniker come July 27.
“I’ve never been approached about it, so unfortunately, the reunion isn’t going to happen, but I’m excited about the games and I’m hoping to get along to some of the events.”
Before that, there’s the small matter of an Ireland and UK tour. Mel will struggle to top a gig in the West End last December when she was joined on stage by Queen legend Brian May.
“It was one of those moments where you look up and you can’t believe it’s real.” she squeals. “I remember it so clearly. I have a mental picture ingrained in my head. It was just great. He’s such a star.”
Meanwhile, Chisholm is keeping schtum on a rumored duet with pop vixen Jessie J.
“That would be brilliant, wouldn’t it? But I think maybe you shouldn’t sing with people who are better than you! But I love Jessie J, I love her attitude and she really seems to know where she’s going.’
With female solo artists damn near dominating charts and award shows (just look at the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, which has been scooped by a woman five years in a row!), it seems like Girl Power is in better health than ever.
“It’s brilliant to see artists like Adele and Emeli Sandé doing so well,” Chisholm beams, before stopping to reconsider. “Well, it’s great for women, I don’t know how the men feel about it!”