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Mel B for X Factor 2014? 5 reasons why the former Spice Girl would make a great judge

04 JUNE 2014

Mel B could be announced as the final X Factor judge in the UK show's 2014 line-up.

Simon Cowell revealed he could very well have picked the former Spice Girl when speaking about the new role earlier in the week, sharing that the panellist would definitely be female.

If it's Mel B, it seems the music mogul has picked the perfect star to join himself, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole on the programme this year. Here’s why...

Mel B

Mel B



1 She has already worked on Got Talent

Despite her obvious experience in the music industry as a pop star, Mel – real name Melanie Brown – has also been a prominent face on Simon's other shows around the world.

She appeared as a Britain's Got Talent guest judge in 2012, and is currently lighting up US screens during her second season of America's Got Talent, on which she replaced Sharon Osbourne.

Mel B took part in AGT's season nine which is currently airing on NBC in the States.

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Mel B has Got Talent


2 She has global experience on The X Factor

After being a celebrity mentor in 2010, in 2011 she joined the Australian version of The X Factor as mentor and judge, teaming up with Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

Her experience in the UK includes temporarily replacing Kelly Rowland for the Manchester auditions during series nine.


mel b x factor

Mel B has got The X Factor



3 She's a talent show regular

If Mel B isn't taken on as a judge, it’s quite possible she could front the show as a presenter. The 39-year-old tried her hand at hosting Dancing With the Stars in Australia alongside season 12's Daniel MacPherson, but left before the next run of shows in 2013.

Currently the busy mother-of-three barely has a spare moment, though – she has signed up to coach The Voice Kids Down Under and also fronts a radio show on 2DayFM in Sydney.

Dancing with the Stars

Mel B hosted Dancing With the Stars in Australia



4 She's wanted by fellow X Factor UK judges

Louis Walsh is never one to hold back his feelings, and admitted that Mel would be the perfect lady to sit next to him on the panel.

The 61-year-old told Digital Spy: "It has to be someone I like. I'd love it to be Sharon Osbourne, but I don't think it's going to be her. There are all sorts of rumours going around.

"I think it could be Mel B from the Spice Girls," he added. "I love her and she's quite mad. She also did both the American version and the Australian versions of X Factor."

Spice Girls

The Spice Girls minus Victoria Beckham in 2012

5 She knows what makes a successful artist

Mel B came to fame in the late 1990s as one of five-piece girl group the Spice Girls. Also made up of Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Beckham (née Adams), the Spice Girls were a global phenomenon. They became the best-selling female group of all time and were credited with bringing the term "girl power" into the mainstream.

In 2000 Mel began to release her own singles, topping the UK charts with her debut song I Want You Back.

By 2004 the pop star had decided to try her hand at the stage, and made her Broadway debut in the long-running stage show Rent. In 2007 the girls decided to reunite for a final reunion tour. The sell-out tour originally took in 11 dates spanning North America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America, but after the O2 Arena gig in London sold out in 38 seconds they announced 19 more UK shows.

The band also reunited for a one-off performance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

 

Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell

Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell

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