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Touch (Spice Girls) Auditions - Timeline

Postby -Raul- » 03 Mar 2008, 00:10

Hi all! After some time really busy, I finally could make this. I have re-read all girls' autobiographies and here there are some interesting facts about the formation of Touch, the group that would become our beloved Spice Girls.


Middle of March 1994. An advert appeared on The Stage.
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FIRST AUDITION - March 27 1994
About 400 girls who answered the ad went to Dance Works studios.
There, they were put into groups of 10 and danced a routine to "Stay" by Eternal.
After that, the selection continued and the girls had to sing solo songs.

Victoria Adams-Wood sang "Mein Herr".
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http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4GMS4ISN * download audio clip

Melanie Brown sang "Greatest Love Of All".
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http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UWPNBV6P * download audio clip

Melanie Chisholm sang "I'm So Excited".
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http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NBDYQ9P4 * download audio clip

Michelle Stephenson sang "Don't Be A Stranger".
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http://www.purevolume.com/michellestephenson * listen full audition

After the auditions, the girls got home and waited for some weeks.

*Geri Halliwell had seen the ad but went skiing in Spain and missed the audition because her face got sunburnt.


SECOND AUDITION - Middle of April 1994
The girls got a call and were down to the last 12. They went to Nomis Studios, Shepherd's Bush in Wednesday.
The chosen girls were Suzanne Tinker(but didn't attend), Melanie Laccohee, Lianne Morgan, Michelle Stephenson, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm (but didn't attend), Victoria Adams-Wood, and a few others.
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Geri Halliwell saw the ad after two months, and decided to call. The management let her in to the last 12, so she was one of them.
After arriving, the girls had a little solo interview, in wich Geri sang "I Wanna Be A Nightclub Queen".
After the interviews, they were dividied in 3 groups of four girls and they created a routine for "Just A Step From Heaven" by Eternal.
In one group they were Victoria, Melanie B, Michelle and Lianne. After a dance, Geri joined and she was taught their dance.
Later, they sang solo songs and Melanie B did "Queen Of The Night".
Those five were told they had been picked while they were having a cup of tea.

After the auditions, the girls got home and waited a couple of weeks.

*Suzanne tinker passed the first audition but couldn't attend the second because her train was delayed cos a bomb scare, and she didn't want to go late.
*Melanie C passed the first audition but couldn't attend the second because she had problems with tonsils. Her mum called the management to ask for another chance and they told her they had whittled their choice down to 10 girls, including Melanie. They said if they didn't find the five or if there was one who they were not sure about, they would give Melanie another chance.


THIRD AUDITION - One week later
The girls were called and asked to attend a recall. They weren't sure how many girls they wanted. If they had wanted 4, one of them would've been picked out. They met again in Nomis Studios.
Lianne Morgan received a letter and she was told she looked too old for the other girls, and was replaced with Melanie C, from the first audition.
The girls had learned "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and sang it on their own and in group.
They were finally selected and told they were going to be a band.


Sunday of that week, they spent a week on a guest house in Surrey.
The first afternoon, they went to Trinity Studios to learn "Take Me Away". Pepi Lemer trained them for the week.
After that week, they did a showcase for Chic Murphy. Dressed in black and white in different combinations, they sung the song they had prepared "Take Me Away".

Spent spring and summer rehearsing at a house in Boyne Hill Road, Maidenhead. The two Melanies shared rooms. Victoria and Michelle second bedroom and Geri a little room for herself.
They kept on rehearsing on Trinity Studios. They had 3 songs: "We're Gonna Make It Happen", "Take Me Away" and "I Want You, I Need You".
After a two-week break in summer, Michelle was fired because she didn't fit in.
Pepi Lemer, who gave vocal lessons to Touch, remembered two girls she had trained.
First girl who did an audition was Abigail Kis. She just sang a soul song to the management and two days later she was selected. Anyway, she decided not to be on the band because she was too young and didn't want to have problems with her boyfriend having to live with the girls for months.
So the management called Emma Bunton.

In July, Emma arrived for a week's trial.
In summer and autumn, kept on rehearsing and they wrote their first song together: "It's Just One Of Those Days".
They persuaded the management to do a mini showcase at Trinity Studios with baby doll dresses, but they needed more work.
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*credit: Portal Melanie C
After some months, changed their name to Spice and another showcase was planned in early November in Nomis Studios.
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*credit: Portal Melanie C
They had a great response from music industry insiders.
In Christmas holidays, Geri and Melanie B planned not to sign a contract unless they were sure.

Late January 1995, they were handed contracts.
A few weeks before May, they started working with Matt and Biff. Wrote a ballad called "Feed Your Love". Wrote "Wannabe" with Matt and Biff. Victoria wasn't there so she was in the writing process via telephone.
First Sunday in May, Bob Herbert wanted the contracts signed. Tuesday, they decided to leave. Found Elliott Kennedy and wrote "Love Thing" and later "Say You'll Be There".
Wrote "Something Kinda Funny" with Absolute.
At the end of May they signed with Simon Fuller.
13 July 1995: signed with Virgin.

Here's where their dream, and our dream, began... :love:


*Feel free to correct me, add info or give me exact dates, as I'll keep updating*
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Re: Touch Auditions - Timeline

Postby Seany » 03 Mar 2008, 00:13

im so glad that emma came into the band. we were so lucky ;)
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Postby Jay » 03 Mar 2008, 00:20

Victoria was very pretty as a 19 year old! Very natural and girl next door.
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Postby hoodiegirl » 03 Mar 2008, 00:22

um those other girl look like skanks lol.
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Postby zepol » 03 Mar 2008, 00:26

hoodiegirl wrote:um those other girl look like skanks lol.



lol yeah! Could you imagine any of those girls as Spice Girls??????? :think: It just wouldnt have been the same :)
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Postby xmariano » 03 Mar 2008, 00:28

LOL, imagine if Melanie Laccohee had made it, we'd have Mel B, Mel C and Mel L (Mel L sounds funny!)
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Postby WeB-X » 03 Mar 2008, 00:32

Melanie Laccohee LOL

Geri, Victoria, Mel B, Mel C and Mel L

The 3 mels LOL
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Postby peruspice » 03 Mar 2008, 00:36

It was really nice to read it again even though most of it is well known.
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Postby spicegirls4life » 03 Mar 2008, 00:39

What would the Spice Girls be without Emma Bunton?
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Postby Perfect Stranger » 03 Mar 2008, 00:40

God bless Pepi Lemer for thinking of Emma!
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Postby Seany » 03 Mar 2008, 00:45

spicegirls4life wrote:What would the Spice Girls be without Emma Bunton?


nothing :p
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Postby [Dan] » 03 Mar 2008, 00:52

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Lol at their outfits though. Already got Ginger, Baby and Sporty...
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Postby Seany » 03 Mar 2008, 00:57

melcforeva wrote:Image

Lol at their outfits though. Already got Ginger, Baby and Sporty...



it lóoks like Desperate Housewives meets The Spice Girls
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Postby Bubble_Butt » 03 Mar 2008, 01:08

Basti wrote:
melcforeva wrote:Image

Lol at their outfits though. Already got Ginger, Baby and Sporty...



it lóoks like Desperate Housewives meets The Spice Girls


Exactly what I was thinking lol

And what's with that 'Baby' wannabe Melanie L flicking the 'Girl Power' sign. Get off that bitch, thats for our girls to do! :o :oops:
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Postby -Raul- » 03 Mar 2008, 01:09

peruspice wrote:It was really nice to read it again even though most of it is well known.



Yeah, I know all of it was known, but I just wanted to put things into an order and finally make a topic about all the audition process and put as much info as I can.
So if somebody has got dates or more info that I've missed or info about Cerian or Abigail, it would be really appreciated. :$
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Postby Savanna » 03 Mar 2008, 01:24

All those Touch rejects are so fug.
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Postby pingu » 03 Mar 2008, 01:29

Thank you for this. I didn't know it all, and always wondered how it happend in more details.
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Postby ivana_sw » 03 Mar 2008, 01:53

i couldnt imagine the spice girls being any other way!!!
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Postby Jo Spice » 03 Mar 2008, 01:59

Thanks for posting. I didn't know all that info... Think what could have been... :think:
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Postby alorenzo24 » 03 Mar 2008, 02:02

i cant imagine any of those fug girls being in the band. gross.
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Postby Becca » 03 Mar 2008, 02:03

Everything fell into place for a reason. I think we're all very happy it ended up the way it did, otherwise we'd all be doing something completely different right now!
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Postby Jay » 03 Mar 2008, 02:24

I wonder why Victoria referred to herself as "Adams-Wood" when she was only engaged(?) to him (at 19, God lol).
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Postby My Prerogative » 03 Mar 2008, 02:28

Basti wrote:
spicegirls4life wrote:What would the Spice Girls be without Emma Bunton?


nothing :p



SERIOUSLY! Phew!

I actually can't imagine the spice girls ANY different than they are. It worked out perfectly.
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Postby [Ashley] » 03 Mar 2008, 02:45

All I can say is, thank god everything happened out the way it did.
I couldn't imagine any other combination of girls together.

And I'm really glad that one girl was told to leave because she looked too old and was replaced by Melanie C, and I'm also really glad that Pepi Lemer thought of Emma.
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Postby fauxjoy » 03 Mar 2008, 02:50

Thank God it worked out the way it did!

Even in early footage of out five girls they seemed like they were meant to be together.

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