Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice (aka Mel B, aka Melanie B…) is back in the UK X Factor rumour mill today, with reports suggesting she’s to a sign a big-money deal to become the elusive fourth judge.
Or third judge, given we still don’t have confirmation Louis Walsh is coming back alongside Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell.
The show is in need of a lift after last year’s series ended with drooping viewing figures. Cheryl and Simon are hoping to return to the magic of the 2010 series, when they created One Direction and introduced us to the wonder that is Wagner.
Mel B, with a reputation for being rather feisty (Scary Spice for a reason), could be a good way to steer the show away from simply being ‘the Cowell and Cole show’. The returning judges are after all bound to give a chunk of airtime to their public falling out over Cole’s sharp shift from the US X Factor. A no-nonsense referee on the panel could be just what the show needs.
And the singer brings a good chunk of experience from the world of reality shows, too. Here’s how her X Factor CV checks out:
Talent show This Is My Moment popped Melanie B at the helm of hosting duties as she gave wannabe singers the chance to perform in front of a live studio audience, after making it through auditions over the phone.
Melanie has been a reality show contestant herself, and a rather successful one at that. Taking on the challenge of Dancing with the Stars in the US, she finished in second place. Judge Len Goodman described her as “the most versatile dancer” they’d ever had on the show.
The Singing Office (on TLC) saw Mel B and co-host Joey Fatone (of ‘N Sync fame) visit various offices in which they got potential singing stars to audition in front of their colleagues. The best of the bunch went on to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize.
Mel B joined Australia’s X Factor as a celebrity mentor during week 8 of the show’s second series.
By the following year Scary Spice was called in as a full-time judge on the X Factor Down Under. She joined Boyzone’s Ronan Keating, Australian Idol champ Guy Sebastian and Australian singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte on the panel. Mel B stayed with the show for two years, before Dannii Minogue joined the show.
In a move from singing to dancing, Mel B took on the role of co-host on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars.
In the same year, Mel B appeared on the UK version of the X Factor as a guest judge alongside Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos. She joined a host of other guest judges, including fellow former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, until Nicole Scherzinger took on the role permanently.
Jumping over to the Got Talent format, Mel B was confirmed as Sharon Osbourne’s replacement on America’s Got Talent, taking a seat alongside Howie Mandel, Howard Stern and Heidi Klum.
She was also chosen alongside Dawn French to judge on Australia’s Got Talent. However, after a contract dispute Melanie was unable to join the show due to commitments she’d made to the Australian X Factor network, Seven. Pal Geri Halliwell was drafted in as the new Australia’s Got Talent judge instead.
Keeping herself more than a little bit busy, Mel B also joined ITV’s brand new dancing show Stepping Out as one of three judges on the ‘front row’. Hosted by Davina McCall the show saw celebrities and their real-life partners compete against each other each Saturday night.
May 27 will see the premiere of America’s Got Talent where Mel B continues to judge alongside Howie, Howard and Heidi.
Here’s a taste of the Scary side of Mel B…
And here she is having a laugh with her fellow US judges about her accent
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Emma is RadioTimes.com’s resident reality TV expert and is most likely to be found chasing Simon Cowell down the street, cancelling her social life to keep up with the latest batch of sob stories and trying to get selfies with celebrities. Emma is a chat show addict and quotes Friends more than is probably healthy.