The Pussycat Dolls (formed 1995) The Pussycat Dolls originally started out as a burlesque troupe but was later re-cast as a pop group. In this new guise, the group has enjoyed large-scale success across the globe.
Formation: In 1995, the Pussycat Dolls made their first public performance. At this time, they were a modern burlesque troupe, formed by the choreographer Robin Antin, along with her friend Christina Applegate. They performed a number of 1950s and '60s pop songs, dressed in vintage-style pin-up costumes and lingerie. Between 1995 and 2001, the group maintained a residency at The Viper Room, the Los Angeles club formerly owned by Johnny Depp (and also the location of River Phoenix's death).
In 1999, the group appeared in a Playboy picture feature. Moving to The Roxy, the group became infamous around the world and were the subject of MTV specials, VH1 programmes, as well as films and advertising campaigns. They appeared in the promotional video for Pink's song 'Trouble', as well as featuring in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
In 2002, the group was featured in a Maxim photo shoot. Carmen Electra (the group's main performer for many shows) and Christina Aguilera were featured in the shoot. The public interest that followed the publication of the shoot led record producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron fair to become involved with them. The group was re-cast as a pop group and were signed to Interscope Records, owned by Jimmy Iovine. The only original group members left after the re-cast were Kasey Campbell, Ashley Roberts, Cyia Batten, Carmit Bachar, Kimberley Wyatt and Jessica Sutta. Not all of these members remained in the group. Carmen Electra went on to form a new burlesque troupe, called The Bombshell Babies which featured ex-Pussycat Dolls, Staci Flood, Kasey Campbell and Nadine Ellis.
Musical Career: In 2003, with a line-up of Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Kimberley Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Kaya Jones and Jessica Sutta, the band was launched as a pop act, with PCD branded costumes, hit producers working for them and guest rappers on board. In September 2005, their debut album, PCD was released. 'Don't Cha' was the lead single and was an international hit. The tracks 'Stickwitu', 'Beep' (featuring will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas) and 'Buttons' (featuring Snoop Dogg) were also released as singles. The last single from the album, 'Wait A Minute' was produced by Timbaland.
In March 2008, Carmit Bachar left The Pussycat Dolls. Her vocals are now shared by Kimberley Wyatt and Ashley Roberts.
In May 2008, the band released 'When I Grow Up', the debut single from their second album. They first performed the song live on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The second album was entitled Doll Domination and was produced by Timbaland, Dr Dre, New Kids On The Block and Taio Cruz, amongst others. The second single from the album was 'I Hate This Part'.
In 2008, The Pussycat Dolls were confirmed as one of the acts booked for the Royal Variety Performance 2008, which is a major British cultural event, attended by members of the Royal family.
Side Projects: Nicole Sherzinger has released four solo singles. 'Baby Love' was particularly popular in Europe and Brazil. Her solo album Her Name Is Nicole is waiting for a release date.
Melody Thornton appeared on 'Go Too Far' by the rapper Jibbs.
Ashley Roberts appeared in the film Make It Happen, in 2008.
Jessica Sutta was featured in a successful dance track by Paul Van Dyk.
The Pussycat Dolls have been the subject of two reality TV shows. The first, Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll was unsuccessful in finding a new member for the band. The second series, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious auditioned women in order to form a new group, named Girlicious.
The band have released a line of Pussycat Dolls make up under Estée Lauder's Stila brand. Antin also worked alongside LaSenza to release a line of Pussycat Dolls-style lingerie called 'Shhh. by Robin Antin'.
Ashley Roberts never suffered with bulimia, but did feel immense pressure to stay slim during her Pussycat Dolls days.
The American star made a name for herself in the all singing, all dancing band, which also propelled Nicole Scherzinger and Kimberly Wyatt to fame. Nicole has spoken openly about her battle with bulimia, while Kimberly also admits she tried to throw up to lose weight during her girl group days.
Luckily Ashley never went through the eating disorder, but understands why her colleagues did.
“Not necessarily bulimia but we were told that we needed to look like aliens, so there was definitely pressure,” she sighed to Britain’s Hello! magazine. “On the road, food is a comfort so sometimes I indulged then the next day thought, ‘Oh God, I’ve to work out,’ even though I’d done a 90-minute show in heels. I think I look better now than I did with the Dolls.”
Continue reading: Ashley Roberts' Pressure To Stay Thin During Pussycat Dolls Days
Former Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has landed a role in the upcoming Dirty Dancing TV revamp.
The singer/actress will portray Penny Johnson, the role made famous by Cynthia Rhodes in the 1987 film.
Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin will tackle Jennifer Grey's Frances 'Baby' Houseman character, while Debra Messing will play her mum, Marjorie, and Colt Prattes will take over the part of Johnny Castle from the late Patrick Swayze.
Details surrounding the release date of the TV movie have yet to be revealed.
Pop Star Ashley Roberts Has Urged Her Fellow Females To Undergo Regular Smear Tests After Revealing Her Own Brush With Cervical Cancer.
The former Pussycat Dolls singer, 34, admits she was lucky the irregularities were spotted early, and medics were able to remove the pre-cancerous cells before they could become a real problem.
She tells Star magazine, "I've had pre-cancerous cells removed from my cervix and it's scary. Fortunately doctors caught it early. I've had to have a few procedures, which is not comfortable or fun, but thank God I'm healthy now.
"Thankfully I've been clear ever since. I make sure I have regular smear tests."
Continue reading: Singer Ashley Roberts Reveals Cervical Cancer Scare
According to Kimberly Wyatt, England ''feels like home'' more than anywhere else.
Kimberly Wyatt insists England ''feels like home'' more than anywhere else.
The former Pussycat Dolls singer wants to bring her eight-month-old daughter Willow - who she has husband Max Rogers - up in the UK, though she will take her on frequent visits to her native US.
She said: ''I want Willow to know bits about America and we'll do summer holidays in the States, but this feels like home more than anywhere else around the world.''
Continue reading: Kimberly Wyatt: England Feels Like Home
Shane Filan will release his new album 'Fire' next month, preceded by his new single 'Me and the Moon'.
Shane Filan will release his new album next month.
The former Westlife star will release 'Right Here' on September 25 with the record's lead single 'Me and the Moon' being released today (10.08.15).
Speaking about the single, he said: ''It's a great example of where I want my music to be at.
Continue reading: Shane Filan Announces New Album
The Pussycat Dolls are reportedly planning a reunion, five years after feuds tore the 'Buttons' hitmakers apart.
The Pussycat Dolls are reportedly planning a reunion.
The band ended in 2010 following a feud linked to Nicole Scherzinger's desire to make it big as a solo star, but since her latest release 'On the Rocks' failed to chart, the girls are planning on putting the past behind them and reforming.
A source close to the ladies revealed: ''The band are in talks about reuniting soon and they are trying to see if they can get all of the girls together to do it.
Continue reading: The Pussycat Dolls Planning Reunion
Kimberly Wyatt loves exercising with her seven-month-old daughter Willow, revealing she frequently lifts weight and does yoga with the tot.
Kimberly Wyatt lifts weights with her daughter.
The former Pussycat Dolls star has revealed she loves nothing more than exercising with her seven-month-old daughter Willow and has tailored her fitness regime so the tot can be a part of it.
She revealed: ''Because Willow is my priority now, I find ways to do it with her. We do mommy and baby yoga and weight classes. I love having her in that fitness atmosphere. I do my squats while holding her hand and do push-up kisses and she loves it. It feels like playtime for her.''
Continue reading: Kimberly Wyatt Lifts Weights With Her Baby
Former Pussycat Dolls Star Kimberly Wyatt Has Been Crowned The Winner Of U.k. Cookery Show Celebrity Masterchef.
The singer was awarded the trophy on Friday (24Jul15) by judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, after impressing them with a seafood soup starter, loin of lamb and a cheesecake dessert.
The dancer and presenter said she took part in the BBC show so she could create new dishes for her daughter Willow.
Wyatt said of her victory, "I haven't felt this good in a really long time! This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. The whole reason for being in MasterChef was because I'm a new mum. I wanted to create something for my little Willow to look up to."
Continue reading: Kimberly Wyatt Wins Celebrity Masterchef
Singer Nicole Scherzinger Was Knocked Out While Performing A Dangerous Skating Stunt As Part Of U.s. Competition Show I Can Do That.
The former Pussycat Dolls star signed on to let the members of the Skating Aratas troupe spin her round at top speed with her head just off the floor, but when her Russian coach slipped up, she was left more than a little dazed.
Scherzinger explains, "I trust my coach so much; he's the best skater and the fastest skater in the world and things like this just don't happen. They had just made this floor for us and maybe somebody had walked on the floor and it made it a little slippery... and we were doing this death-defying trick; it's called the headbanger, it's the scariest trick.
"He slipped while he was supposed to lay me down gently and obviously my head's the first thing down... I was knocked out, my body was shaking and I didn't understand what was happening."
Ashley Roberts has been advised to freeze her eggs but she decided not to.
Ashley Roberts has been advised to freeze her eggs.
The 34-year-old singer - who is currently single - was stunned to learn she could face a struggle to conceive if she leaves it much longer to have children, but opted to go against medical advice and let ''nature take its course''.
She said: ''On my last trip to the gynaecologist, she told me to start thinking about freezing my eggs. I couldn't believe it!
Continue reading: Ashley Roberts' Fertility Worry
Robin Antin, Meagan Good and Pussycat Dolls - Robin Antin, Meagan Good, Pussycat Dolls Friday 25th May 2012 Meagan Good arrives to performs at Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon inside Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Robin Antin and Pussycat Dolls - Robin Antin and Pussycat Dolls Hollywood, California - The 5th Annual Rock The Kasbah fundraiser supporting Virgin Unite and The Eve Branson Foundation, held at Boulevard 3 - Arrivals Wednesday 16th November 2011
Maria Menounos, Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin and Planet Hollywood Saturday 12th November 2011 Maria Menounos, Robin Antin and Pussycat Dolls Maria Menounos arrives to perform live at Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada