Many viewers were left wondering whether Geri had always spoken in the Queen's English as she triumphed in the charity TV show.
Geri Halliwell emerged victorious in the ‘Sport Relief Bake Off’ final last night – but many viewers were more interested in the former Spice Girl’s accent, mocking her for her “cut-glass” pronunciation.
The 43 year old pop star, whose given surname is now Horner after marrying Formula One boss Christian Horner, impressed Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her Mediterranean tart and chocolate tray bake and was duly named the winner of the charity spin-off baking contest, but Twitter users found her use of a “fake posh voice” to be rather distracting.
Horner grew up on a council estate in North Watford, and during her Spice Girls years she was famous for her brash, ‘ladette’ image. However, throughout Wednesday night’s final, many felt she was putting on airs and graces.
Geri Halliwell won 'Sport Relief Bake Off', but viewers were distracted by her "posh" accent
“I’ve been told the trick is not to let the butter get too hot,” she was heard saying at one point in impeccable Queen's English. “Also not to put it in the food processor because it’s something to do with the gluten and the way it reacts. I didn’t know that.”
“Has Geri Halliwell always been this posh?” one user wrote about Geri’s home counties vowels. “What is going on with Geri Halliwell's accent? That's not the voice of the woman behind 'Look At Me',” another wrote in reference to her 1999 solo single.
Was Geri Halliwell always this posh?— FaeriBex (@FaeriBex) February 17, 2016
Another user, unaware of the singer’s background, decided that she’s always been posh. “'Daddy probably bought her place in the Spice Girls “Daddy I want to be famous.”
Halliwell triumphed in the final round of the Sport Relief special, appearing in the last show alongside fellow ‘90s pop star Louise Redknapp, BBC correspondent John Simpson and former professional footballer Jermaine Jenas.