Published Sunday, 11 November 2012
Rylan Clark performed a Spice Girls medley on Saturday's X Factor. (© ITV)
The controversial figure sang a medley of the girl band's songs during an evening with the 'Best of British' theme.
In a spoof of the Queen's arrival at the Olympics opening ceremony in London during the summer, Rylan appeared to parachute into the weekend's show.
His jacket echoed Geri's famous Union Jack dress, as he sang some of their best known hits - Say You'll Be There, Who Do You Think You Are, Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life.
While Rylan garnered praise from Tulisa and his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh labelled the performance "camp as Christmas", but the big turnaround came from Gary Barlow.
The judge and manbander has not been Rylan's biggest fan in previous shows, but on Saturday he said the performance had been "absolutely brilliant... But on the subject of vocals, that was absolutely diabolical".
But for the Essex singer the highest praise surely came from Geri Halliwell, who tweeted Rylan after the show saying how proud she was of his performance.
On Friday, Ginger Spice dropped by the studio to give Rylan tips on how to get the most out of his performance.
It seemed to be a surprise for the X Factor contestant, who shared a snap of the two together.
The results of the weekend's voting will be aired on Sunday's X Factor show, when the latest contestant to be eliminated from the competition will be revealed.