10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Spice Girls

  
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In the mid-’90s, there was a rise of boy bands and girl bands who reigned the music scene with their popularity. The biggest groups were Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, and none other than the Spice Girls who began the cult movement that would offspring more manufactured boy and girl bands than teen hearts could handle throbbing for. While the Spice Girls became a phenomenon, causing worldwide ripple effects, copycat groups, and broken records that will stand the test of time, how much do you really know about them?

10. Magazine Ad

In 1993 a magazine put out an ad that said, “R.U. 18-23 with the ability to sing/dance. R.U. streetwise, outgoing, ambitious and dedicated?” Four out of the 5 Spice Girls responded to the casting call. Mel B, Mel C, and Victoria all auditioned, followed by a tardy Geri who was given a late audition after she missed the first one due to visiting her grandmother in Spain.

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9. Baby Spice Almost Wasn’t

After Mel B, Mel C, Victoria and Geri were cast into the girl group, a fifth member was also chosen. Her name was Michelle Stevenson. After being cast, Michelle ended up leaving the group due to an illness in the family, and the fact that she wanted to go to college. Emma (Baby spice) was known by Victoria, and was already a trained stage performer, having been in stage school since age 11. Emma became the official fifth member, forming the Spice Girls.

(c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

(c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

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