Please, Posh! Spice Girls attempt to persuade 'reluctant' Victoria Beckham to perform with them at Olympics closing ceremony
14:28 GMT, 27 June 2012
Their last reunion ended in tears – and an abrupt end to a world tour.
But after reuniting to launch their musical, Viva Forever, the Spice Girls are now in negotiations to appear at the Olympics closing ceremony – despite previously turning down an offer.
The former bandmates were ‘gutted’ to miss the Jubilee and are now desperately trying to get Victoria Beckham to appear at the concert on August 12.
Please, Posh! The Spice Girls are doing their utmost to persuade Victoria Beckham to perform with them at the Olympics closing ceremony, the Mail can reveal
'Reluctant': Posh, who flew straight back to LA after the musical launch yesterday, is said to be the 'sticking point' in the negotiations
A source told the Mail: 'They would have a few weeks to rehearse. This is a serious proposition, Mel B has been bombarding Victoria with calls – she’s the sticking point. All the other girls want to do it. Victoria is extremely reluctant.'
The band turned down Gary Barlow’s offer to appear at the star-studded Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace – with Melanie Chisholm and Melanie Brown tweeting their disappointment.
Earlier this year, when Olympic organisers released a playlist for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Games, there was one notable omission.
Some of Britain’s greatest chart-toppers appeared in the pick of 86 tracks, including David Bowie, Oasis, Sugababes, Arctic Monkeys, Duran Duran, Blur and Coldplay – but there was no room for the Spice Girls.
And Miss Chisholm, 38, said she would consider it a snub, saying: 'I don’t know exactly where this list has come from, and obviously sometimes things come out that aren’t quite right.
'But I’d be really upset if the Spice Girls weren’t included in the Olympics, whether it be the opening or closing ceremonies or any other playlists, because I think we absolutely represented Britain in the 90s.
'We literally flew the flag – and Geri even wore it – around the globe.'
The singer added: 'We were proud to be British and to be successful internationally, and we were the last band probably to do that.
'So I think it would be a real shame if we weren’t acknowledged in some way at the Olympics.'
With the band all in one room together at the launch of musical Viva Forever on Tuesday, their fiery characters were quick to explode as they admitted their friendship had been tested and trialled over the past 18 years.
On the edge: Posh looked slightly separated from the rest of the girls as they launched the Viva Forever! musical today
As they were: The girls reunited for a tour back in 2007
Geri Halliwell confessed the group had all had their ‘ups and downs’, but had all been drawn together again by becoming mothers.
The 39-year-old said: 'It feels very natural to be back together again, every good friendship has its ups and downs.'
Miss Brown, 37, said: 'We like each other at the end of the day – whatever is said,' as Miss Chisholm added: 'The thing is, us girls we have a long standing friendship and we’re in touch and we see each other as often as we can. We don’t get to do things like this very often.'
Together again: Geri and Emma met up with Mel B and her husband Stephen Belafonte following yesterday's launch
Hand-in-hand: Mel and Stephen headed home after enjoying the night out at Nobu restaurant
Miss Halliwell said: 'We have children now and that is something else that can unite us.
'Our musical Viva is really about being a mum, children, family, joy and fun – and that’s what we have in common now, being mums.'