Even if you’re hosting one of the biggest music awards shows of the year, it doesn’t mean you have to actually arrive on time – not if you’re Mel B hosting the MOBO Awards, anyway.
There’s being fashionably late, and then there’s being ‘run down the red carpet and hope for the best late.’
And that wasn’t the only of Mel’s MOBO woes last night.
According to reports, the 39-year-old was living up to her Scary Spice nickname, thanks to over-running rehearsals (apparently) forcing her to make a scary dash down the red carpet to make her hosting slot on time.
Mel was in so much of a fluster, that she reportedly then lit up a cigarette inside the venue, completely ignoring the big fat smoking ban in place.
Erm, so how did everybody else make it on time then?
A source close to The Sun said: “Mel looked really flustered. Security demanded she go outside until she’d finished.
“She wasn’t getting any special treatment. It was real drama as she was the host and it was live on ITV2, so she couldn’t risk not being there.”
Good one Mel.
Her night didn’t seem to improve much, as she was then apparently introduced on stage as “Sarah-Jane Crawford‘s plus one for the night.”
A source even told The Mirror that they heard Mel moaning to hubby Stephen Belafonte about the volume of other people (shock horror) she had to get through to make it inside on time.
Not that we want to point fingers or anything, but might be worth turning up ON TIME next time maybe?
However, it turns out she’s not TOO happy with all these claims, with her rep denying it with full force.
They told The Mirror: “This story is false. Mel did not light up a cigarette in the backstage area. The show rehearsals ran late meaning less time on the red carpet.”
Glad we’ve cleared that one up.
Mel seems to have landed herself in hot water back on the X Factor judging panel too, after feeling Simon Cowell‘s wrath for calling his contestant Fleur East a cheaty pants.
After Fleur’s amazing 80s-inspired performance, Mel B criticised her ‘heavy’ use of a backing track, saying:
“That was a great performance, the only thing is on that chorus I didn’t hear your voice pop against the backing track so I found that a little bit like cheating.”
Si was noticable peeved off, and if reports in The Sun are true, actually stormed off after the show.
A source revealed: “Usually after Xtra Factor the judges will have a bit of a debrief and a chat, but Simon was so angry he stormed off to his dressing room.
“Mel didn’t want to see him either, so she stayed holed up until 1am and didn’t come out until pretty much everyone had gone home”
Happy families as always.
As long as Mel doesn’t turn up un-fashionably late and light up a cigarette on Saturday night, she might just redeem herself. Maybe.
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