We didn’t ever think we’d have cause to feel sorry for Simon Fuller – the music industry giant behind the Spice Girls, S Club and many more – yet here we are.
Poor Simon is desperately trying to find a solid “legacy” project, but isn’t coming up with much. There’s no real industry appetite for a Spice Girls reunion (the Viva Forever musical was a multi-million pound loss, and the Geri-Emma-Mel B vehicle GEM tripped and snapped its neck coming out of the traps last year).
Another of his big ideas is to launch a TV talent show: a “search for a new Spice Girls”, based loosely on Take That’s Let It Shine. To remind you of the timeline:
– Let It Shine was a “loosely based” rip-off/spin-off that came about because of Gary Barlow’s judging role on X Factor.
– X Factor was a “loosely based” rip-off/spin-off that came about because of Simon Cowell’s judging role on Pop Idol.
– Pop Idol was created by… Simon Fuller.