Sky News reports former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has gotten herself into a controversy in her stint as a Popstars judge, after she was accused of making a jibe about a contestant’s weight. Carol Lynch, 19, from Basildon, Essex said: “When I finished singing, Pete or Louis said I was a larger-than-life character. Then Geri said: ‘yeah, very larger than life’ in a sarky way. I was all smiles and just walked out, but I couldn’t believe it.”
A Popstars spokesman insisted that Geri wasn’t talking about the size-16 girl’s weight. “She commented that she had a larger than life personality and a huge show-stopping voice but didn’t allude to her physical appearance at all.” Read more.
Halliwell Delays Book Release A Week
August 1, 2002 – The Sun reports the autobiographical book battle set up between former Spice Girls Geri Halliwell and Mel B won’t come about as Geri is delaying the release of her book, which was originally set to go head-to-head with Mel’s on September 2nd. “Everyone was astounded when pre-sales figures showed Mel’s book, ‘Catch A Fire’, was way ahead,” said a publishing source. “On the Amazon chart Mel has sold 6,802 copies while Geri is only on 3,631.” Geri’s book is now set for a September 9th release.
Halliwell To Be Judge On New Series Of Popstars
July 29, 2002 – Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell has joined Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh as judges on a new series of Popstars ‘The Rivals’ to be presented by Davina McCall and the show will create two rival groups, one female one male.