THE LONDON OLYMPICS closing ceremony is set to feature The Spice Girls singing their classic hit Wannabe and Liam Gallagher belting out Wonderwall.
Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm – are ”95 per cent” confirmed to perform at the closing event, while Gallagher agreed to show up despite being second choice after brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel turned down the Olympic opportunity.
‘The [closing ceremony organisers] wanted something quintessentially British – a real flag waving, singalong moment to show the rest of the world what this country has produced,” a source told The Sun.
“Oasis were exactly that and, whether it’s Noel or Liam, they just wanted a bit of rock and roll in there.”
The Spice Girls have not sung together since 2008, but now look set to join George Michael, The Who, Take That, Emeli Sande and Jessie J on 12 August and have provisionally agreed to sing their 1996 track Wannabe as one of two songs.
Posh Spice Beckham revealed in a radio interview yesterday that she would like to appear with the group next month.
She said: “Some day we’ll do something else with the Spice Girls. I would love nothing more. We are so proud to be English and we are very excited about the Olympics.”
Contrary rumours that the Spice Girls would or wouldn’t play at the Olympics have flown back and forth in recent times.
One source is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying that “the girls were approached for the Games two years ago,” and that “the balance of power rests with Mel C. Everyone is hopeful she will agree to perform”.
But just a few months ago, Sporty Spice Mel C said the group hadn’t been approached yet and that she’d “be really upset if the Spice Girls weren’t included in the Olympics, because I think we absolutely represented Britain in the 90s.”
“I think it would be a real shame if we weren’t acknowledged in some way at the Olympics,” she added.