Since I broke the story about the Spice Girls bid to play at the 2012 Olympics I thought I’d give you an update on where we stand. So far Melanie C, Melanie B and Emma Bunton are up for it. Victoria Beckham doesn’t seem that bothered. But Geri Halliwell tells me she’s working on persuading her. “I haven’t discussed the Olympics that much,” she told me as she launched her Next swimwear range this week. “But it would be an amazing privilege to represent our country in 2012. So we will discuss it with Victoria and will see what she thinks.”
Ginger Spice looks mighty fine in the campaign shots for the range – but she wasn’t brave enough to model the bikinis at the launch at The Savoy this week. She laughed: “I didn’t have time to work out at all for the campaign so if I look good then it’s not down to working out. I’m a mum and I stuff chocolate like everyone else. I mean, if I know you’ve got to get into a bikini then I might go for a power walk but I just don’t have the time these days to exercise like I used to.”
I finally asked her is she’d step up to the mark as a permanent X Factor judge if the rumours of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole departing for the States are true. She said: “You’re going to have to wait and see. I think Simon Cowell would be the first to know the answer to that.” Over to you Simon….
Geri on her new range for Next: “I think in anything you do there’s pressure. But I’m not pitched up against Victoria on this one. I’m trying to keep the focus on my range and the fact it’s about giving women confidence. All I did was pick stuff and design stuff that I liked. I designed it around my boobs, if I’m honest. I tested it on myself. The bando is so I don’t have strap marks. I couldn’t find a bando with the right lift for boobs. If women have boobs they need to be kept up. Value for money is important too. You can buy either the bottoms or the tops – so if you’re an apple or a pear you can find one that works. I always struggled finding a bikini that would fit me. Women must have the same problems so this range is for the people.”