Mel B

Melanie Janine Brown (born 29 May 1975),[3] also known as Mel B or Melanie B, is an English television personality, singer, actress and author. Brown rose to prominence in the 1990s as a member of the girl group Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Scary Spice. With over 85 million records sold worldwide, the group became the best-selling female group of all time.

During the group's hiatus, Brown released her debut solo album Hot. The album's lead single, "I Want You Back" charted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and was included on the soundtrack for the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Other singles from the album such as "Tell Me" and "Feels So Good" both charted within the top 10 in the UK. After signing with the independent label Amber Café, she released her second solo album L.A. State of Mind, which spawned the release of one single "Today". Brown released "For Once in My Life" in 2013, her first single in eight years.

Brown has since made appearances on television. In 2007, she participated on the fifth season of the American dance competition series Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place with her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Between 2011 and 2016, she served as a guest and main judge on the Australian and British versions of The X Factor. She also co-presented the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars for one season in 2012. Since 2013, Brown has served as a judge on America's Got Talent. She served as a coach and mentor on The Voice Kids Australia in 2014. Since 2016, she has also presented the British edition of Lip Sync Battle, alongside rapper Professor Green.

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Mel B New York 2017
Mel B in 2017
Born
Melanie Janine Brown

29 May 1975 (age 43)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Other names
Melanie B
Scary Spice
Melanie G/Mel G
EducationIntake High School
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • singer
  • actress
  • author
Years active1994–present
Net worthUS$50 million (est. 2015)[2]
Spouse(s)
  • Jimmy Gulzar
    (m. 1998; div. 2000)
  • Stephen Belafonte
    (m. 2007; div. 2017)
Partner(s)Max Beesley (2000-2002)
Christine Crokos (2002–2006)
Eddie Murphy (2006-2007)
Children3
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts

Early life

Melanie Janine Brown was born in Harehills, Leeds,[4] and grew up in the Burley area of the city, the daughter of Andrea (née Dixon) and Martin Brown.[5] Her father is from the Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis; her mother is English. Through her mother, Brown is a first cousin of actor and director Christian Cooke. Cooke's mother, Di, and Brown's mother, Andrea, are sisters.[4][6] Brown studied performing arts at Intake High School in Leeds before entering the entertainment industry.[7] For a time, she worked as a dancer in Blackpool, Lancashire.[7] After seeing an advertisement for an audition in a newspaper, Brown started her music career in a band known as Touch. The group left the original management team and eventually teamed up with music manager Simon Fuller.

Career

1994–2000: Spice Girls

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Brown with the Spice Girls at McLaren party in 1997.

In 1994, Brown, along with Mel C, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham responded to an advertisement in The Stage magazine.[8] Around 400 women who answered the advertisement attended auditions at Danceworks Studios in Mayfair, London. Halliwell, Chisholm, Beckham and Brown were originally chosen as the members of the group, and then formed a quintet with Emma Bunton. The group felt insecure about the lack of a contract and were frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management was going and broke with them. In 1995, they toured record labels in London and Los Angeles and finally signed a deal with Virgin Records. Their debut album, Spice, was a huge worldwide commercial success, peaked at number one in more than 17 countries,[9] and was certified multi-platinum in 27 countries.[9] The album centred on the idea of Girl Power, and was compared to Beatlemania.[10] In total the album sold 30 million copies worldwide[11][12] and became the biggest-selling album in music history by a girl group and one of the most successful albums of all time.[13][14] The first single, "Wannabe", reached number one in 37 countries and all the following singles – "Say You'll Be There", "2 Become 1", "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Mama" – also peaked at number one in United Kingdom.[15][16]

In 1997, they released their second album, Spiceworld, and their first two singles "Spice Up Your Life" and "Too Much", entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, making seven consecutive number one hit singles, an all-time record for a musical group.[17] The album was a global best seller, selling 20 million copies worldwide.[18] The group also starred in their own film, Spiceworld: The Movie, which grossed $100 million worldwide and became the second most watched movie of the year. The next single, "Stop", peaked at two, breaking the sequence of number ones. "Viva Forever", another number one, was the last single before Geri Halliwell's departure from the group in May 1998.[19] As a four-piece, the group released "Goodbye" in late 1998. It topped the UK Singles Chart and became their third consecutive Christmas number-one – equaling the record previously set by The Beatles.[20] Before the split of the Spice Girls, Brown went on to release music with Virgin Records, the label she was signed to when a member of the Spice Girls. "I Want You Back" charted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart, and also had success around the globe. The song was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. The single sold 218,000 copies and became the 82nd Bestselling British Single of the year.[21]

1999–2004: Hot and acting

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Brown in the musical Rent in 2004.

In 1999, while recording her album, Brown worked with producers such as Sisqó, Teddy Riley, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Prince), with whom she was also working on the Spice Girls' third album, Forever.[22] At the suggestion of her then-husband Jimmy Gulzar, Brown covered Cameo's 1986 hit "Word Up" as her next solo release.[22] The track was already released on the soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. The song charted poorly, peaking at fourteen on the UK Singles Chart making it the lowest-charting Spice Girls-related single of the 90s.[23] Turning to television work, she hosted Pure Naughty, a weekly BBC2 magazine show focusing on black music.[22] She also hosted the MOBO Awards on two occasions, in 1998 with Bill Bellamy and in 1999 with Wyclef Jean, and took part in a BBC-funded short film entitled Fish.[22] She hosted a number of TV shows such as This Is My Moment (a talent show) for ITV1 and shot a documentary called Voodoo Princess for Channel 4.[24] She took part in smaller projects as a presenter such as Top of the Pops, Party in the Park for The Prince's Trust and The All Star Animal Awards. She has appeared as herself in an advert for the Yorkshire tourist board in a series which included contributions from other Yorkshire-born celebrities, and in the film Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde.

Brown's debut album, Hot was released in November 2000, a month before the final Spice Girls album, Forever was released. Following the release of Forever, which was far less successful than their previous two albums, the Spice Girls stopped recording and the members began investing more time into their solo careers. The lead single from the Hot, "Tell Me", debuted at No. 4 in the UK charts with about 40,000 copies sold in its first week of release.[22] It sold approximately 100,000 copies, making it the 158th "best seller" of 2000.[25] Further singles were released in February 2001; "Feels So Good" which had peaked at No. 5, followed by a "Lullaby", a pop number dedicated to her daughter.[22] It was accompanied by a video shot in Morocco and featured Brown with Phoenix Chi. The media criticised Brown for using her child in the music video and single artwork, labeling her Desperate Spice and insinuating that she was exploiting her child as a marketing tool.[22] The single entered and peaked at No. 13. The album was not a success and garnered mediocre reviews,[26] selling a disappointing 7,419 copies in its first week and charting at a weak No. 28 leading to Virgin dumping Brown from their label.[27] In 2002, Brown released her autobiography, Catch a Fire, which reached No. 7 in the official books chart,[7] and saw her touring the UK to promote it with a run of book signings. In 2003 Brown's first movie role came in the form of a British drama, Burn It.[7] She appeared in a horror film entitled, LD 50 Lethal Dose, which was released directly to DVD in 2005.[28] She acted in a long run of shows as part of the cast for The Vagina Monologues. She was in the movie The Seat Filler, co-produced by Will Smith and starring Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland. In April 2004, Brown was approached to take part in the musical Rent as Mimi Marquez In Netherlands.

2005–2008: L.A. State of Mind and Spice Girls reunion

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Melanie Brown performing in 2007 with the Spice Girls.

In 2005, after Rent, Brown became interested in recording new songs.[22] Since her breakup with Virgin in 2001, she remained distant from music, not interested in a return.[22] She had a leading role in the thriller Telling Lies, and decided to release them a year later through an independent label, Amber Café.[29] The only single from the album, "Today", saw a UK release in June 2005. "Today" entered the singles chart at No. 41, selling around 1,000 copies in its first week.[30] The album, LA State of Mind, was released on 27 June 2005 in two formats: as a regular CD and as a limited edition with a 30-minute DVD documentary detailing Brown's life in Los Angeles.[30] In a scathing review, AllMusic stated that this album was one of the worst pop albums of the decade.[31] The album was also released with a bonus DVD featuring an in-depth documentary filmed and directed by Mark McConnell.[32] Brown said she did not sign with a major label because the album was a non-commercial project.[33] She also shied away from recording in an R&B or hip hop style again, instead focusing on using adult themes and rhythms such as in acoustic music[34] following an appearance in the film Love Thy Neighbor.

In September 2007, Brown joined the fifth season of the US television dance competition, Dancing with the Stars with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. On 27 November 2007, they took second place in the show,[35] losing to Hélio Castroneves and his partner, Julianne Hough. That year, the Spice Girls re-grouped and announced plans for an reunion tour, from which they were said to have earned £10 million each (approximately $20 million).[36] The band said that they are still enjoying doing their "own thing".[37] The group decided to release their first compilation album, Greatest Hits, in early November 2007 and the tour began on 2 December 2007. During one Spice Girls performance at London's The O2 Arena, the band's children, including Brown's children accompanied her on stage during "Mama", along with the other Spice Girls' children. During the reformation filmmaker Bob Smeaton directed an official film of the tour entitled Spice Girls: Giving You Everything.[38] As well as their sell-out tour, the Spice Girls were contracted to appear in Tesco advertisements, for which they were paid £1 million each.[39] After splitting for a second time the Spice Girls once again reunited for a special performance at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony in August 2012 where they performed "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life".

2009–2015: Television and other projects

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Mel B at The New Face of Jenny Craig, in 2011.

In April 2009, Brown joined actress and former Dancing with the Stars champion Kelly Monaco as original stars of a Las Vegas revue called Peepshow at the Las Vegas Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.[40] On 17 August 2009, Brown was announced as a visiting panellist on ITV1's daily lunchtime show Loose Women. She appeared for a week of shows during September 2009.[41] In January 2010, Brown was selected to replace Marissa Jaret Winokur as the new host of Oxygen's weight loss show Dance Your Ass Off.[7] In September 2010, her own reality show aired on the Style Network called Mel B: It's a Scary World.[7] In November 2010, the virtual computer game Get Fit with Mel B, was released in North America and Europe.[42] Brown served as a celebrity mentor on the second season of the Australian version of The X Factor during week 8 of the live shows in 2010.[43] During the results show, she performed a duet with the remaining five acts singing "Stop" originally by the Spice Girls. In April 2011, it was announced that Brown would replace Kyle Sandilands as a judge for the third series of the Australian version of The X Factor alongside Ronan Keating, Guy Sebastian and fellow new judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte (who replaced Natalie Imbruglia). For her first series on the show, she was given the Girls category. In February 2012, Brown was announced to replace Sonia Kruger as co-host on the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars.[44] In February of that year, rumours circled of a Spice Girls reunion. Brown revealed that the band were working on some projects for later in the year, including a musical featuring their back catalogue.[44] On 31 March, it was announced that Brown signed a global partnership with EMI Music Australia for the release of her third studio album, but she later broke from the contract.[45]

Brown returned for the fourth series of The X Factor and mentored the Boys category. Her act Jason Owen reached the final, but finished in second place after losing out to Samantha Jade, mentored by Guy Sebastian. In June 2012, it was confirmed that Brown would become a guest judge for the Manchester auditions of the British version of The X Factor alongside Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.[46]

In Summer 2012, Brown reunited with the Spice Girls for a one off performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony in London, performing on top of London Cabs to a medley of two of their best known hits, Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life. The performance was the most tweeted about moment from the whole ceremony. Later the year, the Spice Girls reunited again to launch and attend the premiere of Viva Forever! (Musical).

In March 2013,it was confirmed that Brown would judge Australia's Got Talent along with fellow Brit Dawn French.[47] The same month, it was confirmed that Brown would not return as a judge for the fifth season of The X Factor due to her commitments with Australia's Got Talent. Brown was replaced by Dannii Minogue. On 9 April 2013, the Australian Associated Press reported that Brown was off the chain and banned from judging on Australia's Got Talent after Seven, the Australian TV network that airs The X Factor, filed suit to prevent Brown from appearing on any rival networks.[48] The judge ruled that Brown was still under contract with Seven until January 2014, thus preventing her from appearing on a program aired by another network until after that date.[49] The Nine Network confirmed rumours on 29 April that they had hired former fellow Spice Girl Geri Halliwell to replace Brown.[50]

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Brown at Civic Hotel, in Australia.

She had a small part in the final episode of the ITV2 drama series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. In 2013, she returned to acting in the Lifetime movie Twelve Trees of Christmas. From August to September 2013, she became a judge on the televised dancing show, Stepping Out, alongside choreographers Wayne Sleep and Jason Gardiner. That month, Brown released her first single in eight years, "For Once in My Life", from her untitled and unreleased third studio album.[51] The single peaked at No.2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts.[52]

On 20 February 2013, NBC had announced that Brown would be a judge on America's Got Talent for its eighth season, alongside Howie Mandel, Howard Stern and fellow new judge Heidi Klum as replacing Sharon Osbourne. Currently, she is judging alongside Mandel, Klum, and newcomer Simon Cowell, who replaced Stern in 2016. In 2017 she returned to Broadway to star in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart.[53] Around the same time, she returned to acting in the movie Chocolate City: Vegas Strip guestarring Robert Ri'chard, Michael Jai White, Mekhi Phifer, Vivica A. Fox, Ginuwine and Melanie Brown.[54] The same month, she had made a cameo in the movie Killing Hasselhoff guest-starring David Hasselhoff and Justin Bieber. In late 2014, she appeared on The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and a sketch with the cast of Coronation Street for charity telethon Text Santa.

Early 2014, Brown become a coach on the Australian version of The Voice Kids, alongside singers Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem. In June, she was confirmed as the fourth judge for the eleventh series of the British version of The X Factor, replacing Nicole Scherzinger.[55] Emma Bunton joined her in Cancun, Mexico for the judges' houses stage of The X Factor.[56][57] In December 2014, it was announced that Brown would miss The X Factor final due to illness.[58] In the same year, Brown became a guest co-host on the Breakfast program of Sydney radio station 2Day FM, alongside Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk. Brown's and co-hosts replaced top hosts Kyle and Jackie O who moved to a rival station.

On 16 June 2015, it was confirmed that she would not return for the twelfth series of The X Factor and was replaced by Rita Ora.[59] She began presenting Lip Sync Battle UK, the British adaption of Lip Sync Battle, on Channel 5 in January 2016, alongside Professor Green.

2016–present: Television success

In 2016, Brown guest judged at The X Factor at the London auditions, standing in for Scherzinger, while she had other commitments. In 2016 she announced that the Spice Girls – except for Victoria Beckham and Melanie C – were working on new material and a 20th anniversary tour for 2017.[60] The song “Song for Her” was later leaked online featuring the bandmembers. Plans for a reunion were dropped when Geri Halliwell announced she was expecting her second child. Brown also confirmed her return to The X Factor Australia, after a three-year absence. As only three categories were announced, she got a new category, named, Underdogs, where she chose an eliminated act from each of their categories to bring back to form a new category.[61] In late 2017, Brown had a cameo in the music video Spice Girl by Aminé. She gave her voice to the animated movie Blazing Samurai alongside Michael Cera, Samuel L. Jackson, Ricky Gervais, George Takei, Gabriel Iglesias, Djimon Hounsou, Michelle Yeoh, and Mel Brooks due for release in 2018.

On 5 November 2018, Mel B announced the Spice Girls reunion tour on her Instagram profile.[62] It was confirmed that Mel B and ex-bandmates Melanie C, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell—but not Victoria Beckham, who Mel B dressed as for Halloween the previous week—will return for a six-date UK stadium tour in 2019, their first for a decade.[63][64]

Personal life

From 1996 to 1997, Brown dated Icelandic businessman Fjölnir Thorgeirsson.[65] In March 1998, while on the Spiceworld Tour, Brown began a relationship with Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar. The couple became engaged on 13 May 1998. Brown became pregnant that June, and the couple were married in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on 13 September 1998.[66] Melanie B changed her stage name to Melanie G while they were married.[67] Their daughter, Phoenix Chi Gulzar, was born on 19 February 1999.[67] Brown filed for divorce in 2000, and the divorce was finalized later that year.[68] Brown won custody, and paid an alimony settlement of $2.8m to Gulzar.[69][70] Gulzar was prosecuted for threatening Brown and attacking her sister, Danielle, in August 2001.[71] He was found guilty of the assault, but was later cleared by the court.[72] In 2000, Brown began a relationship with actor Max Beesley; the couple dated for two years.

From 2002 to 2006, Brown was in a relationship with film producer Christine Crokos.[73] Brown and Crokos lived together in Los Angeles, California.[74] Speaking to Gay Star News about the relationship, she said: 'It wasn’t experimentation. I fell in love with a woman for five years. An experiment doesn’t last five years.'[75] Asked about the relationship, Brown said: "People call me lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual, but I know who's in my bed and that's it. I have a huge libido and a great sex life".[76] Brown and Crokos' relationship ended in 2006.[73] Brown has said that she had a four-year relationship with a woman when in her teens.[77]

Brown became the subject of tabloid stories during her relationship with Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy, who would eventually acknowledge he was the father of Brown's then-unborn second child, a daughter[78] named Angel Iris Murphy Brown,[79] born 3 April 2007.[80] By early December 2006, Brown and Murphy had ended their relationship, and Murphy told a journalist of the Dutch TV show RTL Boulevard at the Dreamgirls film premiere that the parentage of Brown's unborn baby could not be proven until a paternity test was performed.[81] In 22 June 2007, a court-ordered DNA test confirmed that Murphy was the child's father. Murphy admitted paternity and indicated that a paternity settlement of $7 million had been reached.[82]

In February 2007 Brown began dating film producer Stephen Belafonte.[83] The couple secretly married on 6 June 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada[84] and renewed their vows in front of their families on 8 November 2008 in Hurghada, Egypt. On 1 September 2011, Brown gave birth to her third child, daughter Madison Brown Belafonte.[85][86] On 18 December 2014, it was revealed Brown had been blinded in one eye after a botched laser eye surgery 15 years prior.[87]

In March 2017, Brown filed for divorce from Stephen Belafonte. The couple separated in December 2016.[88][89][90] Brown accused Belafonte of "emotional and physical abuse".[91] In court, Belafonte's representative said that due to the couple's "extravagant and affluent" lifestyle, Brown had "wiped out all her Spice Girls money – approximately $50 million (£38.3 million), if not more".[91] The divorce was finalised on 15 December 2017.[92] She cited her divorce from Belafonte and her father's death as her reasons for seeking treatment for PTSD.[93]

She was injured in December 2018 in an incident where she broke several ribs and severed her hand, and was rushed into emergency surgery.[94]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Coronation Street Amy Nelson Recurring role
1999 Pure Naughty Presenter
2001 This Is My Moment Presenter
2002 Voodoo Princess Presenter Television documentary
2003 Burn It Claire McAdams Main role
2005 Bo' Selecta! Herself Episode: "Avid Merrion's Christmas Special"
2007 Dancing with the Stars Contestant Season 5
2007 Entertainment Tonight Reporter
2008 Access Hollywood Reporter
2008 Miss Universe 2008 Presenter
2008 The Singing Office Presenter
2008 Step It Up and Dance Guest judge Episode: "A Scary Surprise"
2009 Loose Women Panellist Series 14
2009 Living on the Breadline Mother Television documentary
2010 Dance Your Ass Off Presenter Season 2
2010 Mel B: It's a Scary World Herself Reality television
2010–2012 The X Factor Australia Judge / Mentor Season 2 (guest)
Season 34 (principal)
2011 Secret Diary of a Call Girl Sylvia Burke Episode: "4.8"
2012 The Spice Girls Story: Viva Forever! Herself Television documentary
2012 Dancing with the Stars Presenter Season 12
2012 Britain's Next Top Model Judge / Mentor Episode: "13 August 2012"
2012–2016 The X Factor UK Judge / Mentor Season 9 and 13 (guest)
Season 11 (principal)
2013 Stepping Out Judge
2013–present America's Got Talent Judge Since Season 8
2013 Twelve Trees of Christmas Cordelia Television film
2014 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Episode: "Mel B"
2014 The Voice Kids: Australia Judge / Mentor
2014 The Pro Herself Television film
2014 Black Dynamite Connie Lingus Voice; Episode: "How Honeybee Got Her Groove Back"
2014 Text Santa Santa's body guard Television special
2015 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge Episodes: "ShakesQueer" and "Countdown to the Crown"
2016 Running Wild With Bear Grylls Herself Episode: "7 September 2016"
2016–present Lip Sync Battle UK Presenter[95]
2016 The X Factor Australia Mentor / Judge Season 8
2018–present Loose Women Regular panellist
2019 America's Got Talent: The Champions Judge

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Spice World Scary Spice
1998 Creche Landing Lola Voice
2003 LD 50 Lethal Dose Louise
2004 Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde Herself Documentary
2005 The Seat Filler Sandie
2005 Telling Lies Maggie Thomas
2006 Love Thy Neighbor Lonnie
2007 Giving You Everything Herself Documentary
2014 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Fury Voice (UK version)
2017 Chocolate City: Vegas Strip[96] Brandy
2017 Killing Hasselhoff Herself
2018 Blazing Samurai The Giraffe Voice; post-production

Stage

Year Title Role
2004 Rent Mimi Marquez
2016–17 Chicago Roxanne "Roxie" Hart

Discography

Bibliography

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  • Brown, Melanie. (2018). Brutally Honest. Quadrille Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781787133525

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson
Dancing with the Stars (US) runner up
Season 5 (Fall 2007 with Maksim Chmerkovskiy)
Succeeded by
Jason Taylor & Edyta Śliwińska
America's Got Talent

America's Got Talent (often abbreviated as AGT) is a televised American talent show competition, broadcast on the NBC television network. It is part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell, and is produced by Fremantle USA and SYCOtv, with distribution done by Fremantle. Since its premiere in June 2006, each season is run during the network's summer schedule, with the show having featured various hosts - it is currently hosted by Tyra Banks, since 2017. It is the first global edition of the franchise, after plans for a British edition in 2005 were suspended, following a dispute between Paul O'Grady, the planned host, and the British broadcaster ITV; production of this edition later resumed in 2007.The show attracts a variety of participants, from across the United States and abroad, to take part and who possess some form of talents, with acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, stunts, variety, and other genres. Each participant who auditions attempts to secure a place in the live episodes of a season by impressing a panel of judges - the current line-up consists of Cowell, Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Heidi Klum. Those that make it into the live episodes compete against each other for both the judges' and public's vote in order to reach the live final, where the winner receives a large cash prize, paid over a period of time, and, since the third season, a chance to headline a show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Since its premiere, America's Got Talent has helped to unearth new talent and kickstart/boost the careers of various performers who took part in the competition, while the show itself has been a rating success for NBC, drawing in on average around 10 million viewers per season. In 2013, a book was entitled Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent, was released, providing a description of the seasons, contestants, judges, and production techniques of the show, along with detailed interviews with contestants from all seasons, up to the date of the book's of publication. The show finished airing its thirteenth season, which ran from May 29 to September 19, 2018. On January 7, 2019, a spin-off competition, America's Got Talent: The Champions premiered on NBC, which features notable contestants from U.S. and international versions of the franchise.

America's Got Talent (season 10)

Season Ten of the reality competition television series America's Got Talent was the 10th annual installment of the series and premiered on May 26, 2015. It concluded on September 16, 2015. Nick Cannon returned as host for his seventh season. Howie Mandel returned for his sixth season as a judge, and Howard Stern returned for his fourth and final season. Mel B and Heidi Klum both returned for their third seasons on the judging panel.On July 29, the show aired a special two-hour tenth anniversary retrospective episode. The series returned to Radio City Music Hall in New York for the live shows, which began, 2015.Dunkin' Donuts replaced Snapple as sponsor of the show after three seasons. Four guest judges were invited to judge during the judge's cuts round: actor Neil Patrick Harris, singer Michael Bublé, actor Marlon Wayans and former judge Piers Morgan. This was the first season to have an all-male finale and the first where at least four magicians competed in the finals. Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin was voted the winner for the season on September 16, 2015. Comedian Drew Lynch was the runner-up, and magician Oz Pearlman came in at third place.

America's Got Talent (season 11)

Season eleven of the reality competition series America's Got Talent was ordered on September 1, 2015. The season premiered on NBC on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Nick Cannon returned for his eighth and final season as host. Howie Mandel returned for his seventh season as a judge, while Mel B and Heidi Klum returned for their fourth season. Simon Cowell replaced Howard Stern as the fourth judge. The live shows began on July 26, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles instead of Radio City Music Hall in New York from previous years. Due to the 2016 Summer Olympics broadcast schedule on NBC, the show took a hiatus from August 9–17.Dunkin' Donuts sponsored the show for a second season, and this season again featured the golden buzzer for each judge and Cannon. Four guest judges joined the panel for the judge's cuts: George Lopez, Reba McEntire, Ne-Yo, and Louis Tomlinson. Each judge was given a golden buzzer.Grace VanderWaal was announced as the winner on September 14, 2016, making her the second female act and the second child act to win the show since season 1. Mentalist duo, The Clairvoyants, placed second, marking the first time that females placed in the top two positions. Magician Jon Dorenbos, an NFL long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, placed third.

America's Got Talent (season 12)

Season twelve of the reality competition series America's Got Talent was ordered on August 2, 2016 and premiered on NBC on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell returned as judges for their respective eighth, fifth, fifth and second seasons. Supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks replaced Nick Cannon, who hosted for eight seasons, making her the first female host of the show. The live shows returned to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles beginning August 15, 2017.

The format of the show was the same as in season eleven, and Dunkin Donuts sponsors the show for a third consecutive season. A guest judge joined the panel for each episode of the Judge Cuts round: Chris Hardwick, DJ Khaled, Laverne Cox and Seal.Darci Lynne Farmer was named the winner on the season finale, September 20, 2017. She was the third ventriloquist, third child and third female to win a season of America's Got Talent. 10-year-old singer Angelica Hale placed second, and glow light dance troupe Light Balance came in third. Farmer won the show's prize of $1 million and a headlining performance in Las Vegas.

America's Got Talent (season 13)

Season thirteen of the reality competition series America's Got Talent premiered on May 29, 2018, on NBC. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell returned as judges for their respective ninth, sixth, sixth, and third seasons. Meanwhile, Tyra Banks returned for her second season as host.The live shows returned to the Dolby Theatre, beginning August 14, 2018.AGT is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment, Cowell's company.Dunkin' Donuts is a sponsor for a fourth consecutive season.

Shin Lim was named the winner on the season finale, September 19, 2018. This marks the second magician to win. Acrobatic group Zurcaroh and violinist Brian King Joseph came in second and third place respectively.

America's Got Talent (season 8)

Season eight of the reality competition series America's Got Talent premiered on June 4, 2013, and ended on September 18, 2013. Judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern returned for their respective fourth and second season. Sharon Osbourne was replaced by Heidi Klum following her departure after six seasons on the show, while Mel B became the fourth judge.

Snapple continues to be the official beverage sponsor of America's Got Talent and their products are featured on the show throughout the season, along with their cups on the judges' desk.

America's Got Talent shot their live shows from Radio City Music Hall in New York, after moving from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center last year. The 2013 winner was Kenichi Ebina, the first mime and the first foreign act to win the competition. The runner-up was comedian Taylor Williamson and singer/guitarist Jimmy Rose announced in third place.

Andrea Faustini

Andrea Faustini (born 17 June 1994) is an Italian singer. He is best known for his role as a contestant on the eleventh series of The X Factor in 2014. In 2015, Faustini released his debut studio album, Kelly, which peaked at number 14 on the UK Albums Chart.

Gay anthem

A gay anthem is a popular song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community, particularly gay men, although some of these songs may also become anthems for the rest of the LGBT community. Multiple top-charting popular songs, such as "I Think I'm in Love with You" by Jessica Simpson, “The Boys are Back in Town”, "True Colors" by Cindy Lauper, "For Once in My Life" by Mel B, "Mi Chico Latino", "It's Raining Men" and "Ride It" by Geri Halliwell, "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry, "Raise Your Glass" by Pink and "We R Who We R" by Kesha have become a "refuge of unambiguous support for gay rights". Not all songs labelled as "gay anthems" were written with that purpose, but they are included in this subgenre of popular music if they have become particularly popular among the gay community.

The lyrics of gay anthems are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity. Ten elements were identified by the editors of the 2002 book Queer, which they claim describe themes common to many gay anthems: "big voiced divas; themes of overcoming hardship in love; "you are not alone;" themes of throwing your cares away (to party); hard won self-esteem; unashamed sexuality; the search for acceptance; torch songs for the world-weary; the theme of love conquers all; and of making no apologies for who you are."According to Popular Music, a music journal, the song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. The song is described as "a classic emblem of gay culture in the post-Stonewall and AIDS eras and arguably disco's greatest anthem." UK LGBT rights charity Stonewall named Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" the most empowering song of the 2000s decade for LGBT people, and Elton John predicted it would replace "I Will Survive" as the pre-eminent gay anthem.Village People's "Y.M.C.A.", The Weather Girls's "It's Raining Men", Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", ABBA's "Dancing Queen" are classic gay anthems.Mariah Carey's "Hero", Ultra Naté's "Free", Janet Jackson's "Together Again", Cher's "Believe", Jessica Simpson's "I Think I'm in Love with You" and "A Public Affair", Kylie Minogue's "Spinning Around" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head", Geri Halliwell's "It's Raining Men" and "Ride It", Dannii Minogue's "I Begin to Wonder", Melanie C's "Never Be the Same Again" and "Think About It", Tamar Braxton's "Hot Sugar" and "My Man", Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Ariana Grande's "Break Free" are considered as gay anthems for the new generation.Famous soundtracks as "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston from The Bodyguard, "There You'll Be" by Faith Hill from Pearl Harbor, "Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes from Coyote Ugly, "It's Raining Men" by Geri Halliwell from Bridget Jones's Diary, "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Lil' Kim and Pink from Moulin Rouge! and "We Can" by LeAnn Rimes from Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde are beloved by gay community and are considered as gay anthems.The main single of I Turn to You by Melanie C, which became a gay anthem, was released as the "Hex Hector Radio Mix", for which Hex Hector won the 2001 Grammy as Remixer of the Year.

I Want You Back (Mel B song)

"I Want You Back" is a song by Melanie B, released as her first solo single. It was released as the lead single from her debut album Hot, the first solo single by a member of the Spice Girls, and also included in the soundtrack to the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. The song peaked at number-one in the UK Singles Chart.

List of The X Factor (UK) finalists

The X Factor is a British television music competition that first aired in 2004. As of December 2017, there have been fourteen completed series. The final round of the competition features a number of solo singers or vocal groups: nine in series 1, twelve in series 2-6 and 10, 16 in series 7, 8, 11 14, and 15, and 13 in series 9, 12 and 13. A total of 184 acts have reached the finals of their series.

During the first three series, the finalists were split into three groups: "16-24s", "25-and-overs" (renamed "over 25s" in series 2, though still often referred to as "25-and-overs" in series 2 and 3) and "groups". Each set of contestants was mentored by one of the show's judges, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh. From series 4 onwards, the 16-24s were subdivided into girls and boys categories as a fourth judge, Dannii Minogue, joined the show. Following Osbourne's exit from the show after series 4, Cheryl replaced her. In series 7, the over 25s were changed to over 28s, before being changed back for series 8. Also in series 8, Cowell, Minogue and Cheryl all left the show, leaving Walsh as the only judge to return from the previous year. He was joined on the panel by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. For series 9, Rowland left the show and Nicole Scherzinger joined the panel as her replacement. The over 25s were changed to over 28s again in series 9, and then back to over 25s in series 10. Osbourne also returned to the panel in series 10, replacing Tulisa. Cowell and Cheryl returned for series 11, replacing Barlow and Osbourne. Mel B joined the panel in series 11, replacing Scherzinger. Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw joined the panel in series 12, replacing Mel B and Walsh. Walsh, Scherzinger and Osbourne returned to the panel in series 13, replacing Grimshaw, Ora and Cheryl. Only Cowell returned to the panel for series 15, where was he was joined by Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson, who replaced Walsh, Osbourne and Scherzinger, respectively.

As of series 14, all five categories have won the show on at least one occasion, while seven of the show's nine judges have had the winning act in their category at least once, with Cowell winning four times, Cheryl, Minogue and Scherzinger winning twice, and Walsh, Tulisa, Osbourne, Ora and Tomlinson winning once. The only judges not to win were Barlow, Grimshaw, Rowland, Field, Williams and Mel B, with Field and Williams's best performance being sixth place and fourth place respectively in 2018 (their first series), Rowland, Mel B and Grimshaw's best performance being third place in 2011, 2014 and 2015 respectively (their only series) and Barlow placing second in 2011 (the first of his three years on the panel). Osbourne failed to win the show in her initial stint, but won on her return in series 10.

List of songs recorded by the Spice Girls

The Spice Girls are an English girl group that consists of Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie C and formerly Victoria Beckham.

Louis Walsh

Michael Louis Vincent Walsh (born 5 August 1952) is an Irish entertainment manager and former judge on British television talent show The X Factor.

Originally from Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Walsh moved to Dublin to get a start in the music industry. He managed Johnny Logan, Boyzone and Westlife, three of Ireland's most successful pop artists in the 1990s and 2000s. In later life, Walsh began an alternative career as a television talent pundit and personality.

He was a judge on The X Factor since the show's inception in 2004 until 2017 (with the exception of 2015). He has mentored the "Groups" category six times and the "Overs" category three times. He was the winning judge of the show's second series, mentoring Shayne Ward. He has also appeared on You're a Star, Popstars and Popstars: The Rivals. Walsh has also guest judged on Britain's Got Talent a number of times and on The X Factor USA in 2012. He is also the creator of, and currently a judge on, Ireland's Got Talent, which first aired on 3 February 2018.

Step to Me

"Step to Me" is a song by the British pop group the Spice Girls. It was written by the group members with Eliot Kennedy and produced by Absolute. This song was included on the Japanese edition of the Spice Girls' second album, Spiceworld.

Tell Me (Mel B song)

"Tell Me" is a song by Melanie B, released as single from her debut solo album Hot on 25 September 2000 which debuted and peaked at #4, selling 107,317 copies, making it the 158th best seller of the year. Co-written by Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, and Brown herself, the song is about her former husband Jimmy Gulzar.

The Voice Kids (Australian TV series)

The Voice Kids is a former Australian television talent show that premiered on the Nine Network on 22 June 2014. It featured Delta Goodrem, Mel B and The Madden Brothers as the coaches.

The X Factor (Australia season 3)

The X Factor was an Australian television reality music competition, based on the original UK series, to find new singing talent; the winner of which received a management contract and a Sony Music Australia recording contract. The third season premiered on the Seven Network on 29 August 2011 and ended on 22 November 2011. The winner was Reece Mastin and his debut single "Good Night" was released after the final. Mastin was mentored throughout by Guy Sebastian, who won as mentor for the first time. There was only a one percent difference in the votes between Mastin and runner-up Andrew Wishart. The season was presented by Luke Jacobz. Ronan Keating and Sebastian were the only judges from the previous season who returned, while Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Mel B joined the judging panel as replacements for former judges, Natalie Imbruglia and Kyle Sandilands.

The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, home visits and live shows. Auditions in front of the show's producers took place throughout March and April 2011. The successful auditionees chosen by the producers were then invited back to the last set of auditions that took place in front of the judges and a live studio audience during May and June. After the auditions was bootcamp, where successful acts were split into four categories: Boys (male soloists aged 14 to 24), Girls (female soloists aged 14 to 24), Over 25s (soloists aged 25 and over) and Groups. Each judge was given a category to mentor and had to decide on their twelve acts after day two, and their six acts after day three. Special guest judges, including Wynter Gordon, Stephen Belafonte, Darren Hayes and The Veronicas, were brought in to help the judges decide their acts. Following bootcamp was the home visits stage, where each of the judges reduced their six acts to three, with help from more guest judges including Beyoncé, Melanie C, Jason Derulo, Good Charlotte and Leona Lewis. The live shows began on 19 September 2011.The third season sparked controversy, namely Mel B's attitude towards the other judges, labeling them dishonest and boring. Controversy also occurred between Sebastian and contestant Mitchell Callaway; Sebastian took aim at Callaway's attitude to the competition following his performance on the third live performance show. There were also claims of a clash between Callaway and contestant Declan Sykes. The grand final decider was watched by 1.99 million people, making it the highest rated television episode of the season.

The X Factor (Australian TV series)

The X Factor is an Australian television reality music competition, based on the original UK series, to find new singing talent. The first season of the show premiered on Network Ten on 6 February 2005. Ten dropped The X Factor after the first season due to poor ratings. In 2010, the Seven Network won the rights to the show, and a second season went into production. The X Factor was renewed after the highly successful Australian Idol was no longer broadcast on Network Ten. The X Factor was produced by FremantleMedia Australia, and was broadcast on the Seven Network in Australia and on TV3 in New Zealand. The program was cancelled after its eighth season in 2016.The original judging panel line-up in 2005 consisted of Mark Holden, Kate Ceberano, and John Reid. When the show was revived in 2010, the judging panel was replaced by Natalie Imbruglia, Ronan Keating, Kyle Sandilands and Guy Sebastian. Imbruglia and Sandilands did not return for season three and were replaced by Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Mel B. Redfoo and Dannii Minogue joined the panel in season five as replacements for Sebastian and Mel B. Sebastian returned to the panel in season seven along with new judges James Blunt and Chris Isaak, as replacements for Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo. The judging panel will see changes once again for season eight as Minogue has announced her departure. On 12 June 2016 it was announced that Iggy Azalea will be a judge in season eight. It was then later announced that Adam Lambert would be joining the judging panel as well as Guy Sebastian and Mel B returning as the underdog judge. During the televised audition phases of The X Factor, originally the contestants sang in an "audition room" in front of only the judges, however, from season two onwards all auditionees sing on stage in an arena, in front of the judges and a live audience. Contestants provided backing tracks produced from local Australian producers, under arrangements from Melbourne producer Cam Noble. The successful acts then progress to the next stage of the competition, "bootcamp" and later "home visits", where the judges narrow their category down to three acts who will continue to the live shows, where the public vote for their favourite act, following weekly performances by the contestants.

There have been eight winners: Random, Altiyan Childs, Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im, Marlisa Punzalan, Cyrus Villanueva and Isaiah Firebrace. Winners received a recording contract with record label Sony Music Australia. In season three, the winner also received a management contract, and in season four, a Nissan Dualis car. Each winning contestant's single has charted within the top-ten of the ARIA Singles Chart, only Mastin's, Jade's and Im's singles have reached number one. There have also been a number of hit singles released by other contestants who have appeared on The X Factor. The show has received numerous awards and nominations, including five Logie Award nominations, of which it has won one for Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program.

The X Factor (UK series 11)

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eleventh series began airing on ITV on 30 August 2014 and finished on 14 December 2014. Dermot O'Leary presented his eighth series of the main show on ITV and Sarah-Jane Crawford presented spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Caroline Flack and Matt Richardson. Louis Walsh was the only judge from series 10 to return and was joined by former judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, and new judge Mel B. Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger left after series 10. Former judge Tulisa returned as a guest judge for the final on 13 December due to Mel B being ill. The series also saw the lower age limit decreased from 16 to 14, as it was in series 4 and 5. This was Walsh's final series as a judge before returning in series 13. It was also the only series in which Mel B was a main judge. It was O'Leary's final series as presenter on the main show, as he announced on 27 March 2015 that he was leaving to pursue other projects, before returning in series 13. On 11 May, Crawford also confirmed via Twitter that she would leave her position as The Xtra Factor presenter.Room auditions took place in Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh from 16 June to 1 July, followed by arena auditions in London, that were held between 1 and 4 August. Bootcamp was held in London in August and judges' houses around Nice, Los Angeles, Bermuda and Cancún in September. The live shows began on 11 October. Fernandez-Versini mentored the Girls, Mel B mentored the Boys, Walsh mentored the Groups and Cowell mentored the Over 25s. Ben Haenow won the series against Fleur East on 14 December 2014 with 57.2% of the votes.

Word Up! (song)

"Word Up!" is a funk and R&B song originally recorded by American funk band Cameo in 1986. The song was written by band members Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins. Its frequent airing, on American dance and R&B radio, as well as its MTV music video (in which LeVar Burton appears as a police detective trying to arrest the band), helped the single become the band's best known hit.

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