Heidi Range not joining the girl group
Michael Baggs

09:37 17th December 2012

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This weekend it was rumoured that The Spice Girls were planning to replace Victoria Beckham with Sugababe Heidi Range. However, the girl group have now denied these rumours.

It was claimed that Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton were keen to reform for a new album and tour after the launch of their new musical Viva Forever! but that Victoria Beckham was not interested in yet another reunion. Speculation suggested that Heidi Range was in line to take Victoria's place in the group, but this has now been denied by Mel C and Emma Bunton.

"It seems there has been some Spice related nonsense written today. None of the Spice Girls would ever or could ever be replaced #justsayin," tweeted Mel C.

Bunton added: "None of the Spice Girls would ever or could ever be replaced, nonsense in the papers!!!"

The four non-Beckham Spice Girls attended the Viva Forever! launch in London last week but Victoria attended the event with her husband and children.

Despite the jubilant mood of the group however, the musical was savaged by critics after the launch.

Heidi Range is not replacing Victoria Beckham in The Spice Girls

The Daily Mail refer to Viva Forever! as "so drudgy, so sour and focused on failure," and it doesn't get any better, with the paper lambasting "the iffy performances, gloomy backdrops and a lamentably slow start" before finishing, "you have the makings of a notable West End flop. It’s almost as if the thing has a death wish."

The musical only gets a one star rating from the Telegraph, this time using the adjectives "tawdry, lazy and unedifying" to describe the musical and going so far as to mention a "miasma of disappointment emanating from an audience of up-for-it Spice Girls fans slowly realising that they had paid top whack to see a clunker."

Other reviewers were less kind...

Photos: Spice Girls reunite (again) at Viva Forever premiere

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