Spice Girl Melanie C Talks About Joining ITV’s The Voice Kids Coaching Squad
As Spice Girls member Melanie C joins The Voice Kids’ coaching roster, the singer talks about the group’s struggles, future reunions, and being an embarrassing mom.
Forming a fifth of the world’s best-selling girl group, Melanie C, member of the Spice Girls and solo artist, has had her fair share of live performances over the years.
Having sold over 100 million albums as a member of the band, his credentials make him the perfect addition to The Voice Kids’ coaching education.
Sitting next to her fellow mentors – singer Pixie Lott, McFly guitarist and vocalist Danny Jones and Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am – Mel C replaces outgoing singer-songwriter Paloma Faith, who gave birth to her second child in February.
A spin-off of the show’s adult format, The Voice Kids sees the return of presenter Emma Willis, alongside the four coaches and the infamous rotating red chairs.
Guiding their respective teams of seven to 14 years old through the process, children fight through blinded live auditions and one-on-one showdowns with the goal of being crowned champions.
Ahead of the festive new series which arrives on ITV this Christmas, we learn more about the series and what its daughter Scarlet really thinks about Spice Girls, from the 47-year-old singer Wannabe.
WHAT GIVEN YOU WANT TO JOIN THE VOICE KIDS?
I’ve always wanted to put my butt in one of those big red chairs. I was so excited because there is something very special and very magical about the young people that we see on the show. I naturally feel like I’m meeting younger artists, just trying to give them advice, you know? I feel a little motherly towards young artists. So it was the perfect opportunity to become a bit of a mentor for young people who have similar aspirations to those I had growing up.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF COACHING?
The hardest thing in the show isn’t looking back, because these kids are so brave and they’re so bright. There are kids that you also don’t turn to because you think they’re more suited to another trainer, or you think they might not be ready – or they just don’t. just isn’t your taste. It was a challenge because you want to tour for everyone, you totally do it.
HAVE THE OTHER COACHS WELCOMED?
All the coaches – Danny, Pixie and Will – whom I adore, they made me feel welcome. They were so helpful, they were so generous. And, you know, they kind of told me the hard parts, they told me the fun parts, they really held my hand throughout the process. It’s competitive, so there were times, but everything was in a good mood.
PIXIE IS A LITTLE A SPICE GIRLS FAN WE HEAR?
Pixie was super excited to be working with a Spice Girl. She’s that generation, she was a huge Spice Girls fan growing up. So all the judges were lovely.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY SINCE THE SPICE GIRLS WERE NUMBER ONE?
I think the most important thing I noticed was how savvy young people are. And you’re right, it’s a whole different world. Not just how we make music, how we consume music, handle social media and all that attention. So it’s a very different kind of pressure than the pressures that I and the Spice Girls had. And they seem to be sailing well, I think. Maybe the generation before them suffered from this being a “Brave New World” but these upcoming kids seem to be in control, I like to think a little better than we do.
WHAT HAVE THE SPICE GIRLS STANDING TO THE TEST OF TIME?
Wow, where to start? Me and the Spice Girls, we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to do the things that we have done. It was a magical moment. It all came together. We just had these accidental situations that made us want to talk about girl power, to talk about equality, to really celebrate our individuality. I just think it really resonated with so many people. And it seems [have] withstood the test of time.
YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THE INDUSTRY AS PART OF A GROUP AND AS A SOLO ARTIST, WHAT IS THE COMPARISON?
They are so different. I feel so lucky because I feel like I’ve finally found a space where I am both at all times. I will always be a Spice Girl. And I will always be a solo artist. It took a while for me to realize that these weren’t two different sides of me. Being in a band is great, but with that comes a lot of pressure. You have outer pressure but you have inner pressure because you don’t want to let yourself down. I know this happened within the Spice Girls and it can be difficult at times.
WHAT ADVICE COULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGEST, KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY TODAY?
I think I’ve probably only had a lot of my insecurities in being successful and I think it’s really important to hold on to who you are before anything starts. Because your essence never, ever changes. And sometimes the industry can push you and pull you and drag you in different directions. So I’m just saying no. Always be strong, stay true to yourself, and keep the people who know you – your family, your friends close to you. There are many exciting adventures you can have, but in reality, the people who knew you before are the important people to help keep your feet on the ground.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TIME?
There are those iconic moments like the Brits, the Union Jack dress, the Olympics and even more recently the stadium shows in 2019. It was one of my proudest moments to be on stage, I think. , because we were far enough away that we could really appreciate it fully. And that was the first time that it touched all of us girls, the impact we had on a generation of young people and how it continued.
WHAT DOES YOUR DAUGHTER THINK ABOUT SPICE GIRLS?
She is very proud that mom is a Spice Girl. I mean, of course, I’m still the most embarrassing person on the planet – my daughter is 12. So, you know, it comes with the territory. But I know that she is also very proud of me. And I think she’s probably one of the most excited people when we start talking about the possibility of coming back on stage; we would love to go back. And when we can, once things are a little safer [and there’s] a little more certainty in the world with the pandemic, it would be nice to reunite the Spice Girls. She would be the first in the queue to get her name on the guest list.
The Voice Kids returns to ITV on December 27, 28 and 29.