The Spice Girls were formed in 1994 when talent managers Bob and Chris Herbert decided to find a girl group that could compete with the omnipresent boy bands of the decade. The plan was to find five very different women who could appeal to young girls. They held open auditions and around 400 women attended for a chance to be in the band. Eventually, after some chopping and changing, they were left with five finalists: Victoria Adams, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Geri Halliwell.
By the following year, the group had parted from the management that created them and set to work finding new representation. Some demo tapes eventually found their way to Simon Fuller, who signed them to his management, 19 Entertainment, in May 1995. The buzz around the band grew, and after a heated bidding war, Virgin Records signed them to a five-album deal only two months later. It took another year for them to release their debut single, “Wannabe,” but by then, their success seemed guaranteed. CDs flew off the shelves, and it seemed as though everyone was in the thrall of Girl Power. Only months later, the Girls appeared at the Cannes Film Festival to announce their first film, “Spice World.” Yes, it really happened that quickly.