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    Sat 10 Nov 2018
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    10.05pm - 11.15pm
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    Week 46 2018 : Sat 10 Nov - Fri 16 Nov
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Series overview
The Jonathan Ross Show is back for a brand new series this autumn on ITV.
Jonathan will present the new series which will feature even more entertaining, open and exclusive interviews with stars from stage, screen, comedy and sport. There will also be performances from popular, current talent from the UK and across the pond.
The last series uncovered a host of exclusives from the world of showbiz and sport including interviews with Stormzy, Ed Sheeran, Grace Jones, Sheridan Smith, Tina Turner, Peter Kay and Jeremy Clarkson.
Previous series have also seen rare and exclusive interviews with the likes of pop icon, Britney Spears. Plus Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas, Amy Schumer, Renee Zellweger, and John Malkovich who all appeared on the show and were joined by some of the greatest music stars around; Little Mix and Robbie Williams to name a few.
Episode 11
THE SPICE GIRLS join Jonathan in a World TV Exclusive and speak about working together again without Victoria as part of the biggest music comeback in a decade!
KYLIE MINOGUE on being loved up and her whiskey pre-show ritual
JOHN BISHOP on the significance of winning an LGBT Award
NOVAK DJOKOVIC on playing tennis with the Spice Girls and having an out of body experience. He also plays tennis with the rest of the guests!
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by iconic girl band, Spice Girls, in a world TV exclusive interview; Pop legend, Kylie Minogue; comedian John Bishop and World No1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic. Singer, Jack Savoretti also performs with Kylie Minogue.
Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm joined the sofa just days after announcing their comeback and talked to Jonathan about the return of Girl Power.
On how they kept their shock comeback a secret, Mel B said: “I never kept the secret, I just kept on saying we’re definitely going to get back together.”
Emma said: “We just kept telling Melanie [B] that it wasn’t going to happen and then she couldn’t let it out.”
On how they kept things under wraps despite communicating through their Spice Girls WhatsApp group, Geri admitted: “There was a code.” 
With Emma adding: “Gifs, we had some fun things going on.”
“Gifs of ourselves!” Mel B laughed.
Mel C added: “There are loads of Spice Girls gifs and I only noticed this the other day. It’s quite fun to send them to each other… In my house we did have a code for Spice Girls because I was so paranoid. Because I’m a good girl, and I do as I’m told, and so I kept the secret. My little girl said ‘Mummy, why don’t you call it Cucumber?’ So any time I spoke about Spice Girls it was called ‘Cucumber.’ And then at the other end of the spectrum, Melanie [B] just went on national TV and said we were doing it.”
On whether Mel B’s lack of discretion annoyed the other girls, Mel B joked: “They felt sorry for me because I’d been through a lot, they felt sorry for me, they were like, ‘let’s not have a go at her.’”
Geri adds: “The brilliant thing about us lot is it’s like family. We have been together over 20 years and we have our ups and downs just like normal families, and sometimes we disagree but the best thing about it is a couple of nights ago we were in my kitchen, we all came together and we just had a really big group hug, a little bit of a tear, a scream, it’s been a long time coming, we’ve wanted this to happen. I have to say Melanie B and Emma from 2012 have been trying to make this happen. For different reasons, everybody is at different places in their life and finally the stars aligned. We went round to Mel [C]’s house and she went, ‘Yeah I’m ready’ and we were like, ‘Great, let’s do it.’”
Jonathan asks Mel C: “So you were dragging your feet a bit?”
Emma says of Mel C: “Yes.”
Mel C admits: “I have said there have been times when it hasn’t felt right and I think after the Olympics [in 2012], because it was such a highlight of being a Spice Girl, I was frightened that we couldn’t live up to that and spending time with the girls again, I just thought, ‘Do you know what, I really want to do it.’ We’ve got amazing fans, really incredible fans that have supported us throughout. Not only as the Spice Girls, in all of our individual ventures. And now we have a new generation [of fans], our own children…”
Emma adds: “Our own children are so excited… I think our kids are going to absolutely love it. Mine are getting their mics out and singing along to Spice Girls songs.”
On being a Spice Girl now she’s older and her famous Union Jack dress, Geri says: “When you’re younger, I don’t think you think about whether it’s appropriate or not and that dress was a Gucci black dress and I was thinking, ‘Let’s be patriotic and be proud of Britain’ and I just got a tea towel and sewed it on there. So it was a Gucci dress with a British tea towel, that’s it. I think when you’re younger you’re much more expressive about yourself.”
On whether Geri might cover up more now she’s older, Mel B reveals: “She still walks around naked when we are in the dressing room…”
“In pants!” Geri confirms.
Geri says: “When we get together, the energy wakes that in you, that youthful energy and you feel young again and we actually make each other laugh.”
Mel B says: “And we genuinely like each other and love each other and care about each other.”
And on when they didn’t get on as well in the past and when Geri left the band, Geri said: “I think when you’re younger, you don’t have the tools to - when you’re together all the time - to sort things through. I think credit to us lot, we’re still talking and we work through things, the ups and the downs.”
Emma adds: We always come back together.”
On becoming a global phenomenon and the stress that added to the band, Emma said: “Being away from home, that was difficult, but having each other made it so much easier. We were girls having fun, we were travelling all over the world.”
Mel B admits she “had a lot of fun” during those times, revealing: “In general, I had a lot of fun. I used to sneak out of the hotel and go clubbing by myself, as a Spice Girl. Then I’d come back in and we’d have early interviews.”
On Victoria Beckham not being a part of the comeback, Mel C said: “Do you know what is actually quite funny… I saw Victoria recently and obviously we’ve all been in contact, she is still very much a part of the Spice Girls, she really supports us and we really support her. But she did raise the point that she was never actually asked. We just presumed.”
Geri corrects: “I spoke to her two days ago, before the announcement and she has said it for years that she just doesn’t want to do it anymore, so we knew that.”
Emma says that they did ask Victoria and Geri says: “She just didn’t want to do it… She was busy with her fashion and she has moved on. The philosophy of us lot is that we are a band, on and off the stage and we care each other, we support each other and we support her and she has been a huge part of our lives and we care about her so it’s all good.”
When Jonathan asked if it was true that Victoria didn’t really enjoy the performing side of the band, Geri admitted: “No [she didn’t] and you don’t want to make somebody do something they don’t want to do.”
Emma adds: “We realised that a while back that she didn’t enjoy that so much.”
Mel B was asked about the Halloween costume she wore last week, dressed as Victoria Beckham holding a sign saying ‘No I am not going on tour.’
Emma says: “That is just Melanie’s sense of humour.”
Mel B admits: “I just have a northern sense of humour and it’s very tongue in cheek and I really enjoyed being Victoria for the night.”
On Victoria giving them the seal of approval to go ahead with the come back, Jonathan asks: “So she’s given you her blessing to go on?” The girls all answer, ‘Yes.”
Jonathan continues: “And you’re saying in a way she is still part of the band so if she ever did want to do anything…”
Geri says: “Door is open.”
Jonathan asks the girls about whether they are bringing out a new album and they say they are not. 
Mel B jokes, “Well…”
Geri says: “I think it’s got to be an organic process. If something happened and we felt like it. We think first things first, get out there and sing the hits, people want to hear that and if something else happened, that’s great.”
Mel C says: “It’s a very different landscape out there, there are so many fantastic pop artists and something we are really proud of is how many we seem to have inspired…”
Emma adds: “We are really passionate about writing our music though so it’s a process and we haven’t gone there.”
Geri adds: “Let’s put it this way, when I go to a concert - let’s say Madonna - I just want her to sing Vogue, all the hits that I know.”
Jonathan says new music and new hits would be welcomed from Spice Girls, Mel B says: “I am right there with you!”
Geri says, “We have always been organic about things rather than trying to manufacture something so  if it happens and we feel it’s right, then we’ll do something.”
Jonathan refers to some of the recent press stories surrounding their comeback, namely that they were just getting back together for money. 
In response, Geri says: “From the beginning of our journey 20 years ago, we have always put what we believe and love first. When you earn money, and this is a privilege, that’s a by product of what you do. We are doing it wholeheartedly, we can honestly say for each other because it’s a bit of fun but also for the fans. We have been asked so much.”
Mel B jokes: “There’s no denying, it will help with my lawyers bills!”
Jonathan refers to Mel B’s well publicised private life and breakdown of her marriage: “And that’s okay right now, you’re getting through that okay?”
Mel B says: “Oh yeah, I’ve got my girls, I’ll be okay. I feel very loved and very supportive and I feel very lucky to be back in contact the way that I have always wanted to be, because for a long time I couldn’t be during my ex marriage. Thank you ladies!”
On the early days of the band, Emma says: “It was such a magical time and hearing us on the radio for the first time was just so special. It was a magical time and we all really looked after each other and had the best time. It was really good fun.”
Emma speaks about how she came to join the band as she was the last of the five girls to get involved.
Geri explains that the original line up didn’t include Emma and Mel C: “There was somebody in the band before Emma… There’s always one that didn’t make it.”
Mel B adds: “Well there were two that didn’t make it.”
Geri says: “The point is we found our member.”
On whether they were nervous ahead of making their comeback announcement, Mel C says: “It’s always a bit of an unknown.”
Mel B says: “I knew that we were going to be alright!”
On whether there are any plans to tour internationally after their UK tour dates, Mel B teases that she can’t reveal anything by putting her hands over her mouth.
Jonathan asks if they might tour in America and Mel B cheers: “It’ll be all over the world!”
Reigning her bandmate in, Geri says: “The thing is, it’ll be one step at a time. We’ve got families and we want to do it for the fans. We’re going to do Britain, it’s our home, it’s where we started and Britain means the world to us. We care about our fans, we want to celebrate, let’s see what happens.”
Emma says: “Let’s see where it goes.” 
Jonathan jokes to the indiscrete Mel B: “What is the night [of the tour] I should come when Victoria is going to be on stage with you?”
The rest of the girls joke, “Sunderland!”
“There is a chance I guess that she might stroll out?” Jonathan asks.
Mel B says: “I’m always hopeful. I love the Spice Girls, they are my girls and I would love nothing better than all five of us to be together so I always put it out there but I’m happy with four too.”
Emma says: “We are going to have a great time, this feels really strong.”
On other rumours that Mel C demanded the rest of the group have vocal training ahead of the comeback, Mel C said: “It isn’t true that I demanded that. But the thing is, we do all have our strengths and qualities and when it comes to the vocals I am…”
Emma says: “She is very strict.”
Global pop legend, Kylie Minogue, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about her love life and pre-show rituals.
On having to postpone some shows after falling ill with a throat infection recently, Kylie admitted: “It’s just awful. I’m sure you’ve had that experience where you have to cancel… I am better but it is awful having to [cancel shows]... We got to reschedule those couple of shows so it all kind of worked out but the day of making that decision, I know the world is not ending but it does feel like a really rotten day to have to let people down.”
On her pre-show rituals now and how they are different to when she first started out in music, Kylie admitted: “I didn’t have a nip of whiskey when I was 18 or 19 but I sometimes do now… It’s more like a little ritual now with the team in the dressing room… Actually it’s Bono’s fault, I’m going to out him here. It wasn’t meant to be like this. I was chatting with him after an event years ago… I had a big gig coming up in Hyde Park and I was really worried about it, he was saying ‘Come to this party’ and I was say ‘I’ve got to be good, I’ve got this gig coming up and I’m really nervous about it.’ I’m sure he said, ‘Just had a little nip’ trying to get me to have a drink there so the party continues… I did that a few times and it just became a thing. I saw him however long afterwards and [told him] and he said, ‘No, I have the drink after the show!’ I kind of messed it up but it works with me. It takes the edge off!”
On her brand new album going to number one, Kylie says: “The last album I released I was asked so much about ‘how do you feel about being your age in the industry?’ I understood the question, I understood the interest because pop music is known as a younger thing but I didn’t know how to answer it… And so I just had this one line that I really wanted to get on the album which is ‘We’re not young, we’re not old, we’re golden.’ My answer to them was I can only be who I can be at any given point in time. We called the album ‘Golden’ and it just happened to fall in my fiftieth year.”
Kylie speaks about working on her album in Nashville and taking inspiration from the amazing place. Jonathan says: “You would recommend it as a place to go and record a new album?”
Kylie says, “Yes!” teasing the Spice Girls after their earlier conversation about making new music.
Mel B cheers!
On being in a new relationship, Kylie hinted: “It’s going great, it’s fabulous. Just when you think that ‘will it ever happen?’ and it came and surprised me.”
On performing on stage with Jason Donovan recently, Kylie explains: “It was not planned at all, he just happened to text me the day before saying ‘hi’ and I said, ‘I’ve got a gig tomorrow in Hyde Park if you want to come down.’ He responded saying, ‘It’s a big week if I do it’ll just be me on my bicycle coming in.’ He lets me know the next day he is coming in. We’re doing ‘Especially For You’ [in the show] anyway and then I just get my two creative guys in and I said, ‘Jason is coming, I’ve got to ask him if he’ll do it’... It was actually a genuine spur of the moment thing!”
Comedian, John Bishop, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about the acceptance speech he gave after winning an award at the British LGBT Awards earlier this year.
John spoke about why winning that award was so important to him. 
He said: “You know you’ve been nominated but you don’t know who is going to win… When I got up there, I just looked at the room full of people who were in a safe place, in a positive environment and I suppose it was an opportunity to say, ‘I know a little bit more than you think I know and I’ve experienced a little bit more than you think.’”
He continued: “This idea of being a celebrity ally, which was a lovely title... The whole thing about that night was to try and be supportive to the people in that room but also outside the room. I wanted to say something because there is a perception of me that’s not a million miles wrong being, of a lads’ lad who loves football and I have that laddish persona... The kids who are ten or eleven in the playground standing on their own, who don’t know where they belong and what group that they belong in trying to play up to something or feeling isolated… To say [to parents] it’s okay to just love them for who they are and allow them to feel safe and then the little digs and little knocks and the abuse that they subtly get that we don’t know about perhaps won’t penetrate as deep.”
Current world number one male tennis player - Novak Djokovic - joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about playing tennis with the Spice Girls before challenging all fellow guests to a game. [Pictures available via Rex]
Mel B reveals: “You girls don’t know this but me and Novak actually played tennis together.”
Novak says: “I played with Mel B and Geri too.”
Still showing their competitive streaks, both Mel B and Geri tease each other.
Emma asks: “Can I ask a question? Who is the best player?”
Mel B says: “I thought it was just me!”
When asked who was the best player out of the two, he says: “You’re really putting me on the spot… Diverse styles… They bring the energy on the court.”
Novak also spoke about winning Wimbledon this year and when he celebrated by eating a blade of grass from the pitch.
The Wimbledon champ explained: “Since I always dreamed of winning Wimbledon, I wanted to make it special when I got to that moment. It was never if, it was always when because I visualised it so strong, I knew the dream was going to be realised. I thought I should do something special. It’s Wimbledon, you can’t just scream and roll around so I thought, I might as well just have a little bit of the grass. It became a little bit of a tradition. I’ve done it four times.”
The tennis player - who has won 14 Grand Slam titles - admits he does still want to beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who hold more Grand Slam winning titles than him.
He continued: “Roger is playing amazing, he is an inspiration for many of us, his fellow rivals of the years. He is a champion on and off the court, he is absolutely great, he is a gentleman and he is someone who is always happy to talk and share wisdom. I am really honoured to be in his era and the era of Nadal of course and Andy [Murray]. Us four, we have had some great battles over the last decade. Ten years ago if you asked me, I wasn’t too happy to be in the era with these guys.”
Novak speaks about how he believes in visualisation and meditation and how he once had an out of body experience whilst playing tennis on the pitch: “I have had once this kind of experience on the court. It was the longest tennis match that I was ever a part of. I was playing against Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open in 2012. We played five hours and fifty three minutes. I think we ended up at about 2am and we started at 7pm and I remember it was a gruelling match. After the fourth hour, getting into the fifth set we were both running on very low reserves. There was one instant I started to feel like there was a higher other force that was starting to help me finish the match. It’s hard to explain with words. It was a unique experience. I went on to win.”
When Geri asked who his favourite tennis player was, he said: “Right now, it is myself.”
The guests all play a game of tennis [Pictures available from REX].