The Vienna Boys Choir, a singing male bastion steeped in 500 years of tradition, will cuddle up with the Spice Girls Friday - albeit as stuffed toys.

Five choir boys will each give a teddy bear decked out in the choir's sailor uniform to the five flamboyant British pop stars before they strut on stage for their first concert in Austria."The boys were scrambling to be the chosen one," a choir spokesman told Reuters.

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