Spice Girls reunion? Maybe
Mel C - TNP PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
She has gone from Sporty Spice to Selfie Spice.
Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, better known as Mel C, has a new obsession - the selfie stick.
And it is all thanks to Asia's Got Talent, which she said was the reason behind her newly-acquired toy.
"I didn't even know what a selfie stick was, but a lot of kids got them for Christmas.
"I didn't even want one, but we were taking selfies and I thought it would be great to take photos capturing the audience," the 41-year-old English singer told M yesterday during an interview at Marina Bay Sands to promote the reality TV show.
One day, the self-proclaimed selfie stick convert hopes to sneak a quick selfie with her music idol Madonna.
"Do you think she'll like my selfie stick? I bet she would. We can do a flattering angle. The high angle thing is good because it's like having a face lift," she joked.
Off-camera, Chisholm is a barrel of laughs and maintains a cheery persona.
But as a judge on the show, fellow celebrity panellist David Foster jokingly dubs her "The Wicked Witch of the West" - the East equivalent of the title belongs to Anggun - and says she can get cranky at times.
Does she agree?
"Sometimes we disagree on an act and if I feel passionately about somebody, then we do find ourselves at loggerheads," she admitted.
Asked if she looked to fellow Spice Girl and seasoned reality talent show judge Mel B (Melanie Brown)for advice, she said their personalities are as different as night and day.
Brown sat on the judging panel of The X Factor UK and Australia and America's Got Talent.
"Melanie's quite harsh when it comes to judging so I have to be my own person," said Chisholm, who said that gargling to songs is her secret talent.
Chisholm gargles perfectly on-key to Spice Girls tunes, Anggun later added.
Now that Sporty, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Posh Spice are pursuing individual careers, a reunion gig since Spice Girls' 2012 Olympic Games appearance might remain a fan's dream.
But Chisholm said that the quintet remain close friends and get together whenever their schedules permit.
She makes it a point to celebrate birthdays with Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), both of whom turn a year older every January.
A typical shindig includes "girly fun like cocktails, karaoke and dinner", a tradition they were not able to keep this year due to work commitments.
"We were both quite sad, but we did say we'll make up for it when we get home," said Chisholm.
It is not impossible that she and her former band mates may come together officially as a complete unit once more, she said.
"We don't have any plans, but you know, I didn't think it would happen in 2007, but it did. I'll mention it to the girls," she promised.