Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has landed another top job Down Under after she was hired to present one of Australia's biggest radio shows. Top DJs Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O are moving to a new station after running the breakfast show on Sydney's 2DayFM since 2005.
After months of speculation over who would replace them, radio bosses have announced Brown will sit on a panel of four new hosts.
She will broadcast the show alongside actress Sophie Monk, and long-running DJs Merrick Watts and Jules Lund.
Brown will split her time between the U.S. and Australia to manage the job.
She says, "I'm so excited, this is going to be one hell of a roller-coaster ride. I just can't wait, to be honest."
Brown has appeared as a judge on Australia's The X Factor as well as working as a presenter on the country's version of Dancing with the Stars. She currently sits on the panel of America's Got Talent.
"I would hate for that to happen, but I mean, who knows?" Melanie Brown is not keen on the idea of a Spice Girls reunion without Victoria Beckham after the singer-turned-fashion designer insisted she is too busy to consider another live trek with her former bandmates.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been rocked to her core by the death of late civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, insisting he gave her "a reason for being" during times of personal difficulty. The British beauty became one of the former South African President's 'honourary granddaughters' after forming a close bond with the politician in the early 1990s, and they worked together on a number of charity projects throughout the years.
On Friday (06Dec13), Campbell, who has previously struggled with drug and temper troubles, added her memories of Mandela to the many celebrity tributes which have flooded social networking sites since his passing on Thursday (05Dec13).
A statement posted on her Facebook.com page reads: "Nelson Mandela has stood as a figure of strength, hope, freedom, selflessness and love, and I join everyone across the world in mourning his passing. However, he was much more than just a figurehead to me - he was my mentor, my honorary grandfather, my Tata. Since meeting him in 1993, he's guided me and gave me a reason for being in the tough times of my life. He changed my perception of the world.
"It will take time to come to terms with his absence, but I know his energy and impact will forever be in the core of my spirit.
"My heart goes out to the entire Mandela family - Mama Graca, Mama Winnie, Zindzi, Malengani, Josina and the rest of the family."
Meanwhile, TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, who was inspired by Mandela to open her all-girls school in South Africa, has expressed her sadness at the great loss.
In an email to EW.com, she writes, "One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more - humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."
And Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown, who struck up an unlikely friendship with Mandela after meeting him with her bandmates in 1997, also remembered the late legend in a touching post on Instagram.com on Thursday.
Alongside a photo of the Spice Girls posing with Mandela, she wrote, "We truly have just lost someone sooo amazing in every way,what a soul,what a man,may he rest in peace,I will never forget our conversations and never forget him,today is a sad day for me."
Former Spice Girls star Mel B challenged ex-bandmate Geri Halliwell over her decision to quit the girl group in 1998 during a recent TV interview after Hello Ross! host Ross Matthews revealed he had been cheated out of seeing all the ladies on tour. The presenter told his guest that the Spice Girls was his first concert - but he was disappointed with Ginger Spice Halliwell left the band just before their U.S. tour.
Mel B, real name Melanie Brown, snarled, "What a b**tch!" and then offered to call her pal and demand an explanation after Matthews joked that Scary Spice should reimburse him a fifth of what he paid for a ticket to see all five Spice Girls.
The pop star dashed off the set to pick up her cellphone and called Halliwell, who picked up and asked, "Hello, is that Ross...? How are you?"
The TV personality lost his nerve when he heard the pop star's voice and instead of reprimanding her for quitting the band, he asked her to drop by his Friday night show when it returns for a second season in the new year (14). Halliwell agreed.
After hanging up, Mel B insisted she and her bandmates are all still the best of friends, adding, "I'm always championing for us to get back together."
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has been banned from guest-hosting an Australian TV show due to her ongoing feud with network chiefs. Earlier this year (13) the Brit found herself at the centre of a legal dispute Down Under after giving up her job as a judge on The X Factor, which is aired on the country's Seven network, so she could sit on the panel of Australia's Got Talent, carried by rival Channel Nine.
Bosses at Seven blocked the move, proving in court that Brown remained under contract with them, and now they have fired off a 'cease and desist' letter preventing her from appearing on nightly panel show The Project.
Executive producer Craig Campbell tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "Her management said it was all good to go. Then there was a bit of a 'cease and desist' from Channel Seven that was enforced yesterday afternoon and we had to pull all our promos.
"For us, it's business. We don't want to upset anyone - it's not in our world to do that - so when Seven told us about this, we went, 'You've actually got a fair point there.' It's all good."
A representative for Seven says, "It's a court ruling."
American male model Tyson Beckford will replace Brown. The singer's fellow former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell eventually landed the Australia's Got Talent job, while Brown returned to the U.S. to sit on the American version.
Singer-turned-reality-TV judge Melanie Brown has opened up about her rough upbringing, revealing she contemplated suicide as a teenager. The former Spice Girls star, who is currently reviving her pop career while enjoying a run as a mentor on America's Got Talent, was bullied for her mixed-race heritage while growing up in Leeds, England.
Brown tells her fellow talent show judge, radio DJ Howard Stern, "Everybody has a rough teenage phase don't they? Whether you are a boy, girl, straight or gay... It's not even making fun. They didn't know what to call me. Black, white, Indian, whatever... It was a bit strange growing up in Leeds. I lived four hours out of London so they are not used to mixed relationships."
Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown is reviving her pop career with the release of her first video in eight years. The singer unveiled the promo for dance track For Once in My Life on PerezHilton.com on Wednesday (18Sep13) and she is looking forward to showing off more of her new material.
She says, "I'm really excited to have a new single out! It has been eight years since my last solo single, so it has been a long time coming. This song reflects a whole bunch of emotions, from not being able to release new music to not having the confidence, but now it has come full circle and I am ready to release something that is really fun and I'm proud of.
"I hope this puts a smile on everyone's face. Please enjoy and thank you for all of your support to make this all possible!"
In the video, Brown shows off her toned body by stripping down to her underwear, and she turned it into a family affair by recruiting her husband, Stephen Belafonte, and daughter, Phoenix, to make cameos.
The star, also known as Scary Spice, has released the odd track in the eight years since her album L.A. State of Mind hit retailers, but she has not filmed a solo music video since 2005's Today.
Brown isn't the only Spice Girls member plotting a chart return - Geri Halliwell will release her new single, Half of Me, next month (Oct13).
"I'm hoping in the next year or two. When everybody's cleared their diary a little bit." Melanie Brown is keeping her fingers crossed about a possible Spice Girls reunion in the near future. They previously reunited to perform at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics last summer (12).
"The VMAs are meant to be quite shocking, so if you don't want your kids to watch it, don't. I really like Miley Cyrus, she did exactly what she wanted to do, she got everybody talking about it." Former Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has some simple advice for parents who don't approve of the young singer's headline-grabbing performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last month (Aug13). The 20 year old caused controversy with her sexually-suggestive facial expressions and raunchy dance moves as she collaborated with Robin Thicke on his hit Blurred Lines.
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Some things should just be left as they are, and that definitely goes for certain bands getting back together. Whether it’s pop, rock, R&B, or metal acts, reuniting with your long-lost band has become something of a trend as of late. Many bands claim to get back together to revive their creative talent, but it’s really not too hard to see that bands get together when bank accounts start to empty out.
Recently, Joan Jett wisely refused to do a Runaways reunion, and it got us thinking about what other bands should’ve done the same to keep their legacy intact.
Spice Girls Though the tour may have been a success, the Spice Girls reunion tour in 2008 was more than awkward. The girls were all grown up, and all that was left from the platform-shoed, UK-flag-clothing empire that the Spice Girls created in the mid-'90s was a bunch of washed up pop stars trying to relive their glory. Posh Spice couldn’t even be bothered to show up to certain promotional events, and spent most of the concerts posing and lip synching for her life.
The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground was always known to be a talented band full of quick-tempered divas, so when they announced a VU reunion in 1992, fans everywhere were pretty shocked. The group got together for a European tour in 1993, with John Cale filling in vocal parts for Nico, who had passed away in 1988. The European tour went well, and the band decided to move forward with an American tour, as well as an MTV Unplugged set and maybe even a new record. Not surprisingly, though, the legendary beef between Cale and Lou Reed reared its arty head, and Cale stormed out of the group before any of their future plans could move any further.
The Jacksons What are the Jacksons without Michael? Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon got together in 2012 for the Unity tour, supposedly dedicated to their late brother, Michael (Randy sensibly declined to join the tour). The tour seemed doomed from the get-go, having being met by the public with more eye-rolls than excitement, especially with rumors going around that the group might use a MJ hologram on the tour. Not surprisingly, the ill-fated vibes surrounding the tour at its inception ended up being legit – out of the thirty-eight tour dates that the Jacksons announced, eleven U.S. shows were canceled, and although the tour was supposed to last from June to December, wound up ending in late July. Should've listened to LaToya, boys!
The Police The Police was legendary for the tension between lead singer/bassist Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, which culminated in many dramatic moments, like the time Copeland “accidentally” broke one of Sting’s ribs in the studio. The band broke up in 1984, so it was surprising to hear that they were getting back together in 2007. However, it didn’t take long for the claws to come out –after their first performance, Copeland published a statement on his website, giving his own band a phenomenally crappy review. Copeland compared the beginning of the show to premature ejaculation, called the show "lame," said that Sting looked like a “petulant pansy” (points for awesome alliteration), and declared that the band was merely playing “avant-garde twelve-tone hodgepodges.” Now that’s pure poetry.
New Order This reunion was awkward for a lot of reasons. For starters, if New Order is Joy Division without Ian Curtis, shouldn’t New Order only be New Order when bassist Peter Hook is around? Clearly, the band didn’t think so, going forward with a 2011 reunion with a different line-up. Hook had refused to join the band for a series of tour dates, but the band went forward with their reunion, anyway. Hook released a series of zings in response, including “The truth is, [singer] Bernard’s a twat and he always has been” and “I don’t think they’re New Order, because I was in that band.” Ruined in a day, indeed.
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