Spice Girls’ 20th anniversary reunion has been pushed back to 2017

Mel B confirmed the news earlier today

The Spice Girls reunion has been pushed back to 2017.

Melanie Brown confirmed the news during an interview on US chat show Live With Kelly earlier today.

Next week marks the 20th anniversary of the release of their debut single ‘Wannabe’, but the group won’t be touring now until next year.

As Digital Spy reports, Brown said: “This is the thing: it’s our 20th anniversary this year – this would be the perfect year.

“But places get booked out, so what we’re hopefully doing is planning on doing something to celebrate next year.”

She added: “It’s something that we want to do and it’d be nice to celebrate and give thanks to all the fans. I’m not getting any younger. Let’s hurry up and get this done.”

It was recently reported that the band were holding auditions to replace Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) and Victoria Beckham.

Beckham has ruled herself out, saying she wants to concentrate on her fashion range. It was reported in April that Chisholm had also declined to take part, leaving just Emma Bunton, Geri Horner (née Halliwell) and Brown to tour for the band’s 20th anniversary.