Mel C and Victoria Beckham 'block plans for Spice Girls TV talent contest'

Reunion holdouts reportedly believe being replaced would damage the band's brand

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Plans for a TV talent contest to find two new Spice Girls have been axed - after Victoria Beckham and Mel C refused to give it the go-ahead.

For over a year there have been rumours that the iconic 90s girl group would stage some form of reunion to mark 20 years since the release of their debut single 'Wannabe'.

However, while Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Mel B are all eager to take part, Victoria and Mel C ruled themselves out.

This led to reports that the trio had pitched a talent show to the BBC, which would seek two new members to join them.

But The Sun is now claiming that the project has been killed - by Victoria and Mel C themselves.

According to the newspaper, Posh and Sporty object to being replaced, believing such a move would "damage the Spice Girls brand".

"While fans would have preferred to see all five on stage again, the chance to become a Spice Girl was definitely the next best thing," a source said.

“Unfortunately, that won’t be happening now. Neither Victoria nor Mel C were on board with the idea and faced with an ‘us and them’ situation, it was dropped.

"It’s a shame because it would have been one of the most sought-after prizes in reality TV show history."

Speaking on ITV's The Nightly Show last month, Mel C said that a Spice Girls reunion would have to involve all five members.

"I feel like it’s not really doing the band justice to go out as a four piece," she commented. "Whoever’s missing, it doesn’t matter. It’s not the same.

"With the Spice Girls, everything about us was the individuality, and what that created together."

As for the BBC, it seems the broadcaster isn't short of talent competitions based on reunited bands.

Gary Barlow is understood to have plans for a second series of his Take That-themed show Let It Shine.

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