Mel C will perform to a Spice Girls song

Melanie “Mel C” Chisholm is ready to spice up the ballroom!

The singer (aka Sporty Spice) will be performing a cha-cha to the Spice Girls’ iconic 1996 hit, “Wannabe,” when “Dancing With the Stars” returns to ABC next week for its 30th season.

Chisholm, 47, teased the performance during a virtual presser earlier this month, saying she’d love to find a way to pay tribute to her legendary girl group, also made up of Geri Halliwell, Melanie “Mel B” Brown, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham.

“It’s going to be lovely for me to have this opportunity to just be back in the US, and kind of remind people about the Spice Girls,” she told Page Six and other reporters. “It’s our 25th anniversary this year of ‘Wannabe’ and the first album. So I’m hoping that I can bring some spice to ‘Dancing With the Stars.’”

“I would love to dance to a Spice Girls song, any Spice Girls song,” she continued. “I’m sure it’s going to happen … and it will be so special to me.”

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“It’s our 25th anniversary this year of ‘Wannabe’ and the first album. So I’m hoping that I can bring some spice to ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” Chisholm said during a presser.

Chisholm also addressed whether a full Spice Girls reunion could happen on the show, much like the one AJ McLean helped pull off with the Backstreet Boys last season.

“Oh my gosh, there is nothing I would love more,” she shared. “Let’s see! Who knows? Let’s put it out there into the universe. I think that’s a good idea.”

“Hopefully COVID-19 won’t stop us,” she added.

Chisholm’s pro dance partner will be revealed live during the highly anticipated premiere. The two will be competing against 14 other dance couples, with a star-studded lineup featuring Olivia Jade, Brian Austin Green, Amanda Kloots, Kenya Moore, Matt James, JoJo Siwa and more.

See the full list of premiere night songs and dance styles below:

  • Jimmie Allen: Tango to “The Way I Are” by Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson, D.O.E.
  • Brian Austin Green: Foxtrot to “Skate” by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
  • Christine Chiu: Tango to “Glamorous” by Fergie, Ludacris
  • Melora Hardin: Tango to “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer
  • Olivia Jade: Salsa to “Juice” by Lizzo
  • Matt James: Cha-cha to “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James
  • Amanda Kloots: Tango to “Dance Again” by Jennifer Lopez, Pit Bull
  • Martin Kove: Paso Doble to “You’re The Best” by Joe “Bean” Esposito
  • Suni Lee: Jive to “Stay” by The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber
  • The Miz: Cha-cha to “Butter” by BTS
  • Kenya Moore: Foxtrot to “Kiss Me More” by Doja Cat ft. SZA
  • Cody Rigsby: Tango to “Physical” by Dua Lipa
  • Iman Shumpert: Jive to “Hey Ya!” by Outkast
  • JoJo Siwa: Quickstep to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” by Jet
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Sporty Spice told reporters that she hopes to make her fellow Spice Girls “proud.”
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Chisholm’s appearance on the dance competition show comes 14 years after fellow Spice Girl Brown competed. The former “America’s Got Talent” host and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, placed second during season 5.

“Of course Mel was the first person I contacted when I found out I was able to do the show,” Chisholm told reporters, including Page Six, during the aforementioned presser. “She was just so excited! She didn’t actually give me advice, she was just like, ‘Enjoy it. You’re going to kill it, I’m so proud of you.’”

“It’s going to be tough because obviously Melanie is amazing and did such an incredible job,” she added. “I hope I do her and the rest of the Spice Girls proud.”

“Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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