The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious

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The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
Girlicious.jpg
Format Reality television
Created by Robin Antin
Starring Girlicious
Pussycat Dolls
Robin Antin
Lil' Kim
Ron Fair
Mark McGrath
Opening theme Don't Cha
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Ken Mok
Running time 61 min.
Distributor Warner Horizon Television
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Original run February 18, 2008 – April 23, 2008
External links
Website

The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious is the second and final season of Pussycat Dolls Present:, in which young aspiring female singers/dancers compete in order to claim their spots to become the group "Girlicious". Girlicious is the creation of Robin Antin, creator of The Pussycat Dolls, who in the first season was searching for The Next Doll, but is now searching for an entirely new pop group by the name Girlicious. Girlicious, unlike the Pussycat Dolls, will be a more urbanized all female trio. This is the format for the second season of the Pussycat Dolls Present series, focusing mostly on female dancers/singers, looking for fame in the music industry. It premiered on Monday, February 18, 2008.[1] This season features 15 young women competing for the 3 slots open. The contestants are: Alexis Pelekanos, Carrie Jones, Cassandra Porter, Charlotte Benesch, Charlye Nichols, Chrystina Sayers, Ilisa Juried, Jamie Lee Ruiz, Jenna Artzer, Keisha Henry, Kristin McCallum-Vlaze, Megan Dupre, Natalie Mejia, Nichole Cordova and Tiffanie Anderson. The album will be out on August 12 and their first single premiered on April 23 right after the finale of the series. The same day, Stupid Shit was released. Their first single can be heard on their official myspace.[2] A third season of Pussycat Dolls Present was planned, but then the show was officially cancelled due to its low ratings.

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Hometown Outcome
Charlotte Benesch 20 Washington, D.C. Eliminated in Episode 1
Kristin McCallum-Vlaze 24 Portland, Oregon
Keisha Henry 22 North Hollywood, California
Megan Dupre 18 Sunset, Louisiana Eliminated In Episode 2
Alexis Pelekanos 21 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Eliminated in Episode 3
Cassandra Porter 23 Aurora, Illinois Eliminated in Episode 4
Jamie Ruiz 21 Miami, Florida Eliminated in Episode 5
Ilisa Juried 19 Palm Beach, Florida
Jenna Artzer 18 Thousand Oaks, California Eliminated in Episode 6
Carrie Jones 25 Fairfield, Illinois Eliminated in Episode 8
Charlye Nichols 19 Baytown, Texas Runner-Up
Tiffanie Anderson 18 Los Angeles, California Winners
Natalie Mejia 19 Diamond Bar, California
Chrystina Sayers 20 San Diego, California
Nichole Cordova 18 Houston, Texas

Performances[edit]

Episode 1: Let's Get Girlicious[edit]

After some bonding where Keisha reveals to be a lesbian, Charlye that her father died and Cassandra shows the girls her tattoo, the 15 semi-finalists are told that they must pick one song each by a pre-selected group of three. The results are as follow:

Group 1
Song "Tainted Love"
Artist Ed Cobb
Performers Tiffanie, Alexis, Megan
Group 2
Song "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
Artist En Vogue
Performers Keisha, Ilisa, Carrie
Group 3
Song "Where Did Our Love Go"
Artist Holland–Dozier–Holland
Performers Jamie, Jenna , Charlye
Group 4
Song "Right Now"
Artist The Pussycat Dolls
Performers Chrystina, Nichole, Cassandra
Group 5
Song "We Got the Beat"
Artist The Go-Go's
Performers Charlotte, Natalie, Kristin

The girls practice and Keisha's vocal short-comings are highlighted. Charlotte and Natalie have an argument, when Natalie doesn't lend Charlotte a pair of boots. The girls are taken to the Tom Tom club. At the club, the girls perform karaoke and both Ilisa and Carrie impress the judges. Back at home, Jenna is revealed to have a ruptured cyst and is taken to the ER. She then spends the rest of rehearsal in a wheelchair, much to Robin's astonishment. In the final performance, Group 2 and 5 are deemed the worst but Ilisa, Natalie and then Carrie are spared, narrowing the group to 12 finalists.

  • First Call-Out: Group 1(Tiffanie, Alexis, and Megan)
  • Bottom Four: Charlotte, Kristin, Carrie and Keisha
  • Eliminated: Charlotte, Kristin, and Keisha

Episode 2: Confidence[edit]

The girls move into the house and Chrystina and Natalie separate themselves from the rest and gossip. During vocal rehearsals of the N Sync group, former member of *NSYNC JC Chasez surprised the girls and gave advice about being in a group. The girls are taught about confidence and learn that their song assignments will be as follow:

They are then taken to a baseball game where they learn that their challenge will be to sing the national anthem in front of the audience. Only one group will sing it though and the best individual in that group will be safe from elimination at this weeks performance. After a first check, the group made up of Carrie, Charlye, Jenna and Chrystina is selected to sing The National Anthem. Carrie wins immunity for being the best overall. Back at home Natalie is confronted by her teammates for not being confident at the challenge, bringing her to tears so she calls her mom who encourages her to bring her confidence up. At the final performance, Baby One More Time is unanimously deemed the worst and Megan and Cassandra land in the bottom two. In the end, Megan is eliminated for being too pageanty.

  • First Call-Out: Group 3 (Jenna, Charlye, Chrystina and Carrie)
  • Bottom Two: Megan and Cassandra
  • Eliminated: Megan

Episode 3: Charisma[edit]

This week is about charisma. Robin selects Carrie, Chrystina and Charlye as team leaders and Ilisa is the last to be picked. The song are as follow:

Ilisa struggles with not having a place in the competition. Later the girls are taken to a listening party where they meet Nichole from The Pussycat Dolls and hear her new solo album. Then, the girls perform I don't need a man in front of critical fans in their groups. The fans liked Nichole, Jamie, Ilisa and Natalie. Natalie wins immunity for receiving the most votes. Back at the house, Ilisa tells the girls about her story of living with a heart defect and wanting to inspire people with her music. Meanwhile, Tiffanie gets criticism for being too over the top, exaggerating her voice.

During the final performance, the judges deem all the groups as good and Chrystina lands in the bottom two with Alexis who is eliminated for not standing out enough.

  • First Call-Out: Natalie
  • Bottom Two: Chrystina and Alexis
  • Eliminated: Alexis

Episode 4: Style[edit]

The girls learn that this week is about style and are given the following songs assignment:

Cassandra begins to freak out because the song is very hard to sing and she doesn't have the vocals for it. The girls all get makeovers and Jamie struggles with her red hair, while Natalie utters her infamous quote: Beauty is a talent. This week both Chrystina and Jenna struggle with the fact that they were among the last called out by Robin the week before but Robin tells them they have to learn how to deal with constructive criticism. Jenna is also criticized by the other girls for being too lazy. The challenge involves the girls working their new makeover for a staged red carpet for In Touch Weekly magazine which Nichole wins. At the performance, Jamie, Ilisa, and Cassandra's group is deemed the worst and despite Ron stating that they should eliminate Jamie for her attitude, a teary eyed Robin eliminates Cassandra for not having vocals that are strong enough in an elimination that is reminiscent of Mariela's from the previous season.

  • First Call-Out: Group 3 (Jenna, Carrie, Chrystina and Tiffanie)
  • Bottom Two: Cassandra and Jamie
  • Eliminated: Cassandra

Episode 5: Kitchen Confrontation / Sexiness[edit]

This week's theme is sexiness and Robin raises the stakes by revealing that two girls will go home, making Jamie afraid since she has now to gain two places in the call out. The songs assignment are:

After their first rehearsals Natalie finds out that her grandmother has died but pulls herself to win for her family. The challenge is a sexy dance-off on Nelly Furtado's Do It and Charlye and Chrystina are the last two standing. It is Chrystina who wins due to her chemistry with her partner, while she and Charlye both get a Hello Kitty diamond necklace. Cliques begin to form, with Jenna, Natalie and Chrystina (known as JNC) on one side and Nichole, Charlye and Tiffanie (also known as TNC) on the other and they come to blow when Charlye criticizes the girls for being too sexual. Tiffanie and Charlye lash out at Jenna and Chrystina while an amused Jamie watches. Jenna then sleeps through rehearsal and ponders quitting due to her feud with the other clique but is talked out of it by Robin. At the final performance, Ron once again disagrees with Robin and wants Jenna out but in the end it's Jamie, for her lack of vocals and Ilisa for her lack of knowledge about sexiness who are eliminated.

  • First Call-Out: Chrystina
  • Bottom Three: Jamie, Jenna and Ilisa
  • Eliminated: Jamie and Ilisa

Episode 6: Vocal Expression[edit]

This week's theme is about vocal expression and the girls are assigned a medley. Nichole, Charlye, Jenna and Natalie sing "Emotion" and Carrie, Tiffanie and Chrystina perform "Flashdance..... What a feeling" and then all the girls perform a dance routine at the end of the lat song. Natalie storms out on Ken Hicks in rehearsal after he refuses to give her a line she wants to sing but apologizes after a discussion with Carrie and Tiffanie. The girls record Girlicious's first song, "Leave You Alone" at Geffen Records and despite Natalie's vocal improvement it is Tiffanie who wins immunity. However, Natalie is mentioned for her "surprise attack."

Charlye struggles with being away from home as her father has passed away while she was on a class trip years before and wins an extra vocal session by Ken Hicks. Chrystina is told to open but at the last minute soundcheck due to her lack of knowledge of the lyrics her part is swapped with Carrie's. At the performance Chrystina lands in the bottom two with Jenna, who is criticized for her lack of energy. In the end, Jenna is eliminated.

  • First Call-Out: Tiffanie
  • Bottom Two: Jenna and Chrystina
  • Eliminated: Jenna

Episode 7: A Look Back[edit]

This episode shows never before seen footage such as the girls' hidden talents, a pole dancing lesson which Alexis refuses to attend a few days before her elimination, Carrie, Jenna, Ilisa and Chrystina getting cozy with the male dancers, the judges bloopers, Natalie's breakdown after her argument with Ken Hicks, The girls receiving make-up and Tiffanie trying to take it all, Carrie getting sick during the male dance challenge, Charlye and Jenna's catfight and Nichole singing while Natalie was being comforted after her grandmother passed away which the other girls though was disrespectful.

  • In this episode, the editors erroneously left in a scene with Kenn Hicks and the five remaining girls singing Leave You Alone, which allowed some keen-eyed fans to determine that Carrie would be eliminated in the following episode.

Episode 8: Star Quality[edit]

The week is about star quality and the tension stays in the 2 cliques. Chrystins getsupset after getting put in a group with Charlye and Tiffanie, her biggest rivals. The six girls film the music video for "Leave You Alone" on a yacht and the girl singing the solo in the song will be safe from elimination. Charlye wins. The week's songs were: