Spice Girls Olympics closing ceremony: Band rehearse for Sunday"s performance


Gearing up for a golden reunion! Spice Girls rehearse ahead of Sunday's stunning Olympic closing ceremony and concert

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16:21 GMT, 10 August 2012

It emerged earlier this year that the Spice Girls were going to be delighting fans worldwide by reuniting once again to perform at the London 2012 Olympics' closing ceremony.

And while the five-piece have yet to officially comment on the reports, they confirmed the news as they were spotted rehearsing for Sunday night's performance.

Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B were all seen going through the routine during the rehearsals at the Ford car plant in Dagenham, east London, yesterday, gearing up for the concert.

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Viva Forever! The Spice Girls were yesterday spotted rehearsing for their much-anticipated reunion ahead of Sunday's Olympics closing ceremony

Viva Forever! The Spice Girls were yesterday spotted rehearsing for their much-anticipated reunion ahead of Sunday's Olympics closing ceremony

Belting it out: Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B are sure to delight their millions of fans with the performance

Belting it out: Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Mel B are sure to delight their millions of fans with the performance

Posh Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice proved they've very much still got it as they belted out their songs in preparation for Sunday's show, which will be watched by millions around the globe.

The girls had all dressed up for the rehearsals, with Victoria leading the way in her favourite colour – black.

The mother-of-four wore a pair of super-tight leather trousers, the obligatory sky-high black heels and a black top, along with her sunglasses as she joined her bandmates on stage.

Emma opted for a floral dress and
sparkly pink heels – a nod to her Baby Spice alter-ego – as she strode
confidently across the stage, while Mel B enhanced her figure in a pair
of tight white jeans, vest top and black knee-high boots.

Mel C and Geri both went for more
casual approaches for the rehearsal, with Geri wearing denim shorts and a
grey vest top with heeled boots, and Mel going for an all-black outfit a
la Victoria, with platform trainers.

Mel
C, aka Sporty Spice, first fuelled rumours of a Spice Girls Olympics
reunion earlier this year when she said would consider it a snub if the
band were not involved in the event in some way.

She said: '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.

Cheer up! While the other girls looked more than excited about the upcoming performance, Victoria appeared less than thrilled, and failed to raise a smile

Cheer up! While the other girls looked more than excited about the upcoming performance, Victoria appeared less than thrilled, and failed to raise a smile

Cheer up! While the other girls looked more than excited about the upcoming performance, Victoria appeared less than thrilled, and failed to raise a smile

They've still got it! Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice showed off her moves on podiums on top of black taxi cabs

They've still got it! Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice showed off her moves on podiums on top of black taxi cabs

They've still got it! Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice showed off her moves on podiums on top of black taxi cabs

They've still got it! Ginger Spice, Sporty Spice and Scary Spice showed off her moves on podiums on top of black taxi cabs

Standing tall: The girls look excited and proud as they stand on the top of the taxis to begin the rehearsal

Standing tall: The girls look excited and proud as they stand on the top of the taxis to begin the rehearsal

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'We literally flew the flag – and Geri
even wore it – around the globe. 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.'

Victoria then added to the
speculation when she said in an interview that she'd be happy to reunite
with the girls for a one-off performance.

She said: 'I’m so respectful of my
past and I love the other girls. We have some fantastic fans. Who knows,
maybe some day we’ll do something else with the Spice Girls. I would
love nothing more.

'I don’t know about a comeback tour
but I loved being back with the girls. There was a lot of fun, we did so
much together and we’ll see. If they’re up for something then I
certainly am.'

She then added: 'We are so proud to be English and we are very excited about the Olympics.'

Other stars seen at yesterday's rehearsals included Brian May, the Pet Shop Boys,
Jessie J, Annie Lennox, Tinie Tempah and George Michael, who has already
revealed he is to perform.

David Arnold, the closing ceremony's musical director, has said the
Olympic Stadium spectacle, which is expected to be watched by millions,
will reflect the nation as a whole.

The composer, who has written music for Bond films and the hit BBC show
Sherlock, added that it would be based around 30 classic pieces of
British music.

Called A Symphony of British Music, the closing ceremony is intended to celebrate Britain’s music industry.

Take That have been widely tipped to appear, although singer Gary
Barlow's presence is in doubt after his daughter Poppy was stillborn.

It is also reported the event will feature models of London landmarks including Tower Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral.

Patriotic: It appears as though the girls will make their entrance for the show on podiums on top of black London cabs

Patriotic: It appears as though the girls will make their entrance for the show on podiums on top of black London cabs

Hold on! Victoria appeared unwilling to let go of the barrier as she was taken into the show on the cab, before letting go as she showed off her dance moves

Hold on! Victoria appeared unwilling to let go of the barrier as she was taken into the show on the cab, before letting go as she showed off her dance moves

Hold on! Victoria appeared unwilling to let go of the barrier as she was taken into the show on the cab, before letting go as she showed off her dance moves

What's that you say Victoria put her finger to her ear as she attempted to hear her bandmates talking to her before the group did a run through again

What's that you say Victoria put her finger to her ear as she attempted to hear her bandmates talking to her before the group did a run through again

Girl power! The five-piece flash the peace sign as they prepare to bring back their 'Girl Power' slogan for the show

Girl power! The five-piece flash the peace sign as they prepare to bring back their 'Girl Power' slogan for the show

Arnold said: 'We're trying to have moments where someone from the
Cotswolds watching it on TV and someone from a tower block overlooking
it in the East End will be able to find something in it of which they
can say, “That's us, really that's Britain”.'

The
three and a half hour musical extravaganza will also feature
performances by The Who, as well as Devon’s Muse and Brit Award winner
Ed Sheeran.

Speculation is also mounting that reclusive 1970s chart topper Kate Bush will make an appearance, too.

Kate Bush is rumoured to be making an appearance along with Suggs, from Madness, who have been booked in for the big finale

Fans
of the singer had their hopes raised when a new 2012 remix of her
classic song Running Up That Hill appeared on the Amazon website with a
release date of this Sunday, the day of the ceremony.

Her management has declined to comment on the rumours.

Despite the best efforts of Olympic organisers Locog to keep the line-up secret, details have slowly emerged.

Former Wham singer George Michael announced his involvement via the social networking site Twitter.

Giving it their all: Despite it only being a rehearsal, Mel C and Geri threw themselves into the performance wholeheartedly

Giving it their all: Despite it only being a rehearsal, Mel C and Geri threw themselves into the performance wholeheartedly

Giving it their all: Despite it only being a rehearsal, Mel C and Geri threw themselves into the performance wholeheartedly

Pulling out all the stops: Emma smiled and waved at the spectators, who appeared to be either involved in the Spice Girls performance, or in other aspects of the closing ceremony

Pulling out all the stops: Emma smiled and waved at the spectators, who appeared to be either involved in the Spice Girls performance, or in other aspects of the closing ceremony

The greatest show on Earth! It is not known as yet which tracks the Spice Girls will perform, but it is likely to be a combination of their most famous hits

The greatest show on Earth! It is not known as yet which tracks the Spice Girls will perform, but it is likely to be a combination of their most famous hits

Triumphant: Mel was seen raising her arm triumphantly, as Victoria showed off her fashionista skills by bounding around the stage in her sky-high heels

Triumphant: Mel was seen raising her arm triumphantly, as Victoria showed off her fashionista skills by bounding around the stage in her sky-high heels

Triumphant: Mel was seen raising her arm triumphantly, as Victoria showed off her fashionista skills by bounding around the stage in her sky-high heels

Catching up: Geri, Victoria and Mel B enjoyed a chat as they made their way back to the stage for another run-through

Catching up: Geri, Victoria and Mel B enjoyed a chat as they made their way back to the stage for another run-through

Will the Union Jack dress be making a comeback, Geri Sporty, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Posh as they were at the BRIT Awards back in 1997

Will the Union Jack dress be making a comeback, Geri Sporty, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Posh as they were at the BRIT Awards back in 1997

He
said: ‘Spending most of the week rehearsing like crazy for the Olympic
closing ceremony. Obviously a bit nervous not having played for nearly a
year, but rehearsals sounding good’.

Cult Eighties group Madness have confirmed they will take part.

The
ska band – led by singer ‘Suggs’ – will follow up their rooftop Diamond
Jubilee show at Buckingham Palace by performing their hit Baggy
Trousers at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.

Other acts to confirm their involvement include indie band Muse, and Brit-Award winner Ed Sheeran.

Leaked information from rehearsals
this week have also suggested that Blur – who are also appearing on
Sunday night at the Hyde Park Live concert – will perform their 1990s
hit Park Life backed by hundreds of extras.

Celebrities and Performers pictured during the dress rehearsal for the

Celebrities and Performers pictured during the dress rehearsal for the

Celebrities and Performers pictured during the dress rehearsal for the

Young pretenders: Jessie J, Taio Cruz and Tinie Tempah, and motormouth Russell Brand go through their paces

The Specials will then take the stage
at 7.15pm and closing proceedings will be the much anticipated
performance by BLUR, who are scheduled to perform a two hour set from
9pm. Between the bands performances key moments from the Olympic Closing
Ceremony will be broadcast on the main stage including: The
Extinguishing Of The Olympic Flame and the Rio Handover.

London 2012 fans will be able to
watch the whole of the Olympic Park’s Olympic Closing Ceremony live on
one of BT London Live’s screens (number 5) in Hyde Park. BT London Live
Victoria Park will screen BBC’s complete coverage of the Olympic Closing
Ceremony from the Olympic Park.

Organisers of BT London Live’s
Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert would like to remind fans that the
event this Sunday is a sold out ticketed concert and to only come along
if you have purchased a ticket.

The Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on the 12 August will be Blur’s one and only performance that evening.