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Geri Halliwell Nabs Mel B's 'Australia's Got Talent' Job: 'I Love The Opportunity It Gives To Normal People'

30/04/2013 11:29 BST | Updated 30/04/2013 16:33 BST

Geri Halliwell has been announced as the new judge on Australia's Got Talent - the role that her fellow Spice Girl Mel B was lined up for.

Mel was reportedly forced to turned down the job after a legal dispute because she already had a job on the Aussie version of 'The X Factor' - but Ginger has happily stepped into her place.

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Geri will judge alongside Dawn French, Timomatic and Kyle Sandilands.

In an interview for an Australian TV show 'A Current Affair', Halliwell said: "Shows like that are brilliant and I love the opportunity they give to normal, everyday people. Plus, I get to come to Australia.

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"I think it's unnecessary to be mean for the sake of being mean, but I do believe you have to be truthful, but with love."

And she explained that she'd got Mel B's blessing to take the job: "She actually said, 'I just want you to know I think you should do it 'cause you're gonna have a great time'."

The two Spice Girls still get on well, and at the weekend proved they still know how to have a laugh as Mel B dared Geri to walk into a pub and sing one of the group's hits.

Geri posted a video on Twitter showing herself singing their 1996 single 'Say You'll Be There' in a local pub.

The 40-year-old walked into the bar and burst into song, but was soon stopped in her tracks by a punter who called out, "Come on, how much do you want?"