Pussycat Dolls – A Reunion is on the Cards!
Well I guess the pussycat is out of the bag! The Pussycat Dolls Reunion was supposed to be top secret, but I guess Louis Walsh didn’t get the memo!
During his interview on ITV’s Lorraine, Westlife Manager let slip that the feisty girl band led by Hawaii beauty, Nicole Scherzinger, will be returning. "You know who's coming on? The Pussycat Dolls are the special guests!" - during a live TV interview with Lorraine Kelly on Monday. "There's an exclusive for you. They're back together.
Rumours had been swirling for several months, but journalists were under instruction not to confirm anything ahead of the group's surprise reunion performance on X Factor: Celebrity this weekend.
When asked about the comment, co-host Scherzinger laughed, "Half the time, Louis doesn't even know what he's talking about, so I was just surprised he got that one right,"
"You could see in his face though," adds Carmit Bachar. "After he said it, he was like 'did I just drop the ball?'"
It's now officially announced that Nicole and Carmit, along with Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Sutta, are all set to return for nine live UK shows in April 2020.
"It's been a few years in the making," explains Kimberly. "But I think ultimately there's some unfinished business with the Pussycat Dolls.
"We're ready to get out there and do what we love. And the stars aligned. We've all been busy making babies and all those kinds of things," she adds (before Nicole interjects: "Speak for yourself!"
Before their departure in 2010, the Dolls released two studio albums and scored number one hits in the UK with Stickwitu and Don't Cha, while Jai Ho, Beep, Buttonz and When I Grow Up all hit the top 10 over their five years together.
Despite their separation, all dolls have kept strong links with the UK.
In 2012, Ashley Roberts became a finalist on I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here, securing her roles in Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away and Heart Radio, she also took place as a finalist in last year’s Strictly Come Dancing with partner Pasha Kovalev.
Kimberly Wyatt lives in London with her British husband and has authored a number of children’s books as well as taking a place on the judge’s panel for Sky 1’ ‘Got to Dance’.
"LA was our home, but the UK was our second home because the British just scooped us up," says Ashley. "So, our lives ended up here as well, some of us, so the fans have just been holding on strong with wanting this reunion and our biggest fanbase is over here."
It's no secret that Scherzinger sang 95% of the lead vocals in the group which led to a few disagreements amongst the girls.
As a result, Melody Thornton has often spoken about feeling under-used as a singer during her time with the group.
"They said, 'we're going to have Nicole do all of the recording, you're going to have to learn to dance with the rest of the girls'," Melody Explained earlier this year when she was in the UK for Dancing on Ice.
"And for me it really affected my confidence because I wasn't using my best asset [my voice]. And I was the weakest dancer."
Explaining her absence from the reunion tour, Ashley says: "Mel's got a lot of projects going on in life.
"She was included in all of this, she's our sister, the door is always open, but it just wasn't the right timing for her right now. We wish her well."
The Dolls avoid the question of whether the vocals will be divided up more evenly this time around - which, to be fair, could just be down to the fact they haven't started rehearsals yet.
But Nicole says: "This is a tour that we've never created, so we're really excited. Everybody brings their own unique gifts to the table.
"We're just going to push each other, we want to see each other shine, we're going to push the boundaries together as a group with each other, so everybody is going to have their own time to shine."
"Naturally, when you're so close, there may be some disagreements, some arguments. But that's the beauty, what makes you stronger. We've evolved so much. Like, bye drama! We want this to be really enjoyable for us."
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get tickets for this ultimate girl power tour!