PUSSYCAT DOLLS singer Carmit Bachar credits Gwen Stefani with kickstarting his band's phenomenal success.

HOLLABACK GIRL hitmaker Stefani was so impressed when she performed alongside the saucy burlesque act she took it upon herself to introduce them to her music bosses.

Pussycat Dolls' debut single DON'T CHA subsequently rocketed to number two in the US and number one in the UK.

Bachar says, "Gwen had performed with us before, and one night she brought along her record label bosses.

"They loved the show and wanted to develop a band from it, so we started auditioning performers."