Mel B, a.k.a. Melanie Brown, is one busy lady. Mom, wife, music star, and owner of the moniker for monster talent, “off the chain,” she seems to be everywhere, and in constant motion. This year marks particularly important milestones in Mel B’s enterprises. It’s the 10 year anniversary for “America’s Got Talent,” and while it’s a good thing that performers are raising the bar, it makes those tough decisions all the harder. Hard to believe, but it’s also the 20th anniversary for her band, the Spice Girls, who gave definition to girl power by their very presence and provocative lyrics. This morning, on the July 30 portion of “Today’s Take,” the show business powerhouse made herself available for some impromptu assessments of performers found out on the Plaza, and talked about what she most enjoys about her busy life.
While Brown admits that this milestone season has meant “pulling out all the stops,” her own personal tastes are quite quirky. “My favorite acts are the ones who are not good at all,” the judge confesses. She loves the irony that they are not talented at all, “but yet you’re telling me that you have talent.” Her own talent was never in question 20 years ago, when the teenage singer launched one of the most successful groups in British music history, and inspired girls everywhere. “Hopefully, we’ll gather the troops around, and do something to celebrate next year. It’s in my plan, I don’t know about anybody else’s!” She had a little more trouble explaining the affections of puppet, Ira, who just made it through to Radio City Music Hall for the live shows, and has never hidden his love for her. “He is very endearing,” she now admits, even as she did not see his true gifts at his first audition, along with his puppet mom. “It’s the singing voice, the audience, and the whole package.”
Her skills were soon in use, as three unsuspecting and unrehearsed acts were culled from the waiting crowd in Rockefeller Plaza. First was Jack, a teenager who presented his best pop ‘n lock moves for Mel and the other hosts. Next came a duo of basketball dribblers, who more than occasionally dropped the ball during their brief routine. “You had a good time, and that’s an important skill, I think,” encouraged the seasoned professional. Third and last was a mother-daughter dance and yoga team, “Boga,” presenting an odd routine of mom sitting atop her reclined and covered daughter, using the more youthful legs to “dance.” Mel B gave her vote to Jack, applauding the efforts of all. Whether her talents have her at the panel alongside the “America’s Got Talent” stage, or in the spotlight herself, Mel B appreciates applause.