Former Spice Girls Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton took a trip down memory lane last night as they watched Girls Aloud in concert at London’s Wembley Arena.
Baby Spice and Ginger Spice both took their respective partners along to the gig, which no doubt brought back memories for the girls, who last performed at Wembley arena 11 years ago.
With no red carpet arrivals at the gig, the Nineties pop icons dressed down in jeans as they went to see the manufactured band perform their latest show in their Out of Control Tour. Geri wasn’t only interested in enjoying the show.
The gig gave her the opportunity to examine her former protegees in action. Geri played a major part in forming Girls Aloud, as she was one of the judges on the TV talent show Popstars: The Rivals back in 2002, and personally championed Chery Tweedy as a potential member of the group.
Speaking about the group last year, Geri said: “I’m so proud of Cheryl Cole. I really fought hard to put her through. I love that I opened that little window of opportunity for her and now she’s run with it.“
Despite Geri’s role in forming the massive success which is Girls Aloud, and Cheryl in particular, the group haven’t always been so complimentary about their predecessors. When Spice Girls briefly reformed for a reunion tour in 2007, Cheryl Cole appeared to criticise the group by insisting Girls Aloud would never reform once they split.
Cheryl said at the time: “It just wouldn’t be seemly. When we finish, we’ll finish on top. And there’ll be no comeback. We could hardly go out as Girls Aloud when we’re old and wrinkly. We would have to call ourselves Old Girls Aloud – and that would never do.‘
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