The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll

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Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll
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Format Reality television
Created by Robin Antin
Starring Pussycat Dolls
Robin Antin
Lil' Kim
Ron Fair
Mark McGrath
Opening theme Don't Cha
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Ken Mok
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Original run March 6 – April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24)
External links
Website

Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll is the first season of Pussycat Dolls Present: that premiered on March 6, 2007 on The CW, and aired for a total of eight weeks. It was a joint venture between Ken Mok's 10x10 Entertainment, Pussycat LLC, Interscope A&M Records, Wonderland Sound and Vision, and Warner Horizon Television.

The series followed a group of young women as they went through an audition process to join the girl group, The Pussycat Dolls. The contestants, who also lived together during the course of the series, were groomed by the group's founder and the series' creator and co-producer, Robin Antin, and were judged on their vocal and dancing ability. The winner went on to join the Pussycat Dolls as the act's seventh member, and appeared in the series but performed with the group only once since after opting to go solo.[1]

In the UK, the show started airing on T4 (the Channel 4 weekend teenage block programming slot) on April 1, 2007. In Australia, the show debuted on Network Ten on April 1, 2007.

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Hometown Outcome
Robyn 25 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Eliminated in Episode 1
Kelli 22 Boston, Massachusetts
Catherine 23 Glendale, Arizona
Sandra 27 San Jose, California
Natascha Bessez 19 Bronx, New York
Jasmine 19 Orlando, Florida
Angelia 20 Holmdel, New Jersey
Shauntae 21 Minnetonka, Minnesota
Ewa 24 Tampa, Florida
Brittany Diorio 20 Woodbridge, Virginia Eliminated in Episode 2
Jamie Benjamin 20 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Eliminated in Episode 3
Sisely Treasure 24 Los Angeles, California Eliminated in Episode 4
Mariela Arteaga 24 Miami, Florida Eliminated in Episode 5
Anastacia McPherson 23 San Francisco, California Eliminated in Episode 6
Melissa Molinaro 24 Detroit, Michigan Eliminated in Episode 7
Chelsea Korka 20 Ocala, Florida Eliminated in Episode 8
Melissa Reyes 18 Sacramento, California Runner-Up
Asia Nitollano 18 Harlem, New York Winner

After the show, Melissa Smith, Melissa Reyes and Chelsea Korka performed the Pink Panther/Fever Medley with the English burlesque group Girlesque at the Fashion cares event,[2] this has led fans to believe that they had started a group which turned out to be false.[2]

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1: The Auditions[edit]

The 18 semi-finalist are given songs as follow:

Rehearsal do not go smoothly as Anjelia gets sick and Sisely gets in a fight with her group because she didn't want to rehearse too late to preserve her energy. Sandra as well as the Hot Stuff group struggle with their vocals while Chelsea and Shauntae struggle with their dancing. The girls are then taken to a Pussycat Dolls concert and meet the Dolls. On the way back home and overnight Jaime, Ewa, Chelsea, Sandra, Melissa S., Mariela, Natascha and Jasmin all get sick, while a now cured Anjelia rehearses with Anastacia. On their performance, despite being sick, the girls wow the judges and Nicole Scherzinger except for the group who performed I Don't Need a Man. After deliberation, the nine finalists are called.

Eliminated: Kelli, Ewa, Jasmin, Natascha, Robyn, Anjelia, Sandra, Shauntae, Catherine

Episode 2: Welcome to the Dollhouse[edit]

The girls move in and after a video message by the Dolls (like each week), are given their song assignment as follow

They are then taken to a restaurant where they discover their first challenge to be exotic dancing in a class cage in the restaurant. Despite Jaime overcoming her lack of confidence, Asia wins and gets immunity. During rehearsal, Brittany is criticized for "dancing like a stripperella" while Jaime struggles with her vocals. At the performance, Ron and Kim are introduced as judges and Melissa S. forgets her words but it is eventually Brittany who is sent home for her too sexual moves.

  • First Call-Out: Asia
  • Bottom Two: Melissa S and Brittany
  • Eliminated: Brittany

Episode 3: The Transformation[edit]

The girls get a makeover by Jonathan Antin, Robin's brother and taken to a dinner with the judges. All the girls except Sisely are grateful for their new looks, especially Jaime who says the makeover boosted her self-confidence. In the challenge, the girls are recorded singing Don't Cha's chorus and despite Mariela's vocal improvement, it is Melissa S who wins immunity. The girls perform as follow:

The judges decide that the first group did the best, Mariela was praise for her improvement and strong performance with no negative feedback like every girl had. While the judges say that it is Melissa R.'s worst night yet, it is Sisely, who has struggled throughout rehearsal despite being given a rock song, who lands in the bottom with the still not confident Jaime who is eliminated for not standing out. .[citation needed]

  • First call-out: Group 1 (Melissa S, Anastacia, Mariela and Asia)
  • Bottom Two: Jaime and Sisely
  • Eliminated: Jaime

Episode 4: She Dances Like a Drag Queen[edit]

At this week's challenge the girls are assigned to perform a self-choreographed routine with a male dancer and Mariela impress the judges with her creativity, gaining immunity. Robin picks Chelsea and Asia to be leaders and Sisely winds up getting chosen last. Chelsea chooses girls she hasn't worked with and does a good job as a leader. Asia doesn't manage to well, being distracted by Sisely's earlier comments about her dancing like a drag queen. The girls perform as follow:

Guys join the girls for a partner dance challenge which Mariela wins. At the final performance Chelsea's group is deemed the best, despite having a weak rehearsal. The ever-struggling Sisely and Melissa S, who has trouble showing her "inner doll" are in the bottom two. Sisely is then eliminated as it becomes evident that her uniqueness is a weakness.

  • First Call-out: Group 1 ( Chelsea, Mariela and Anastacia)
  • Bottom Two: Melissa S and Sisely
  • Eliminated: Sisely

Episode 5: Vegas, Baby[edit]

The girls are taken to Vegas where they perform "Tainted Love" after learning the routine on their moving tour bus. At the Challenge performance, Anastacia felt uncomfortable in her dress, Chelsea gave strongest vocal performance, Mariela and Melissa S. had the loudest cheers. After the public votes were tallied, Melissa S. is crowned winner. Asia rubs some girls the wrong way after deeming the vegetables they are given disgusting and asking for a hamburger instead of cuisine while Anastacia continues to struggle with her weight. The girls are then given the following song assignments, making both Mariela and Anastacia worried, Mariela because she is paired up with the best vocalist in the top 6 and Anastasia because her teammate has immunity.

At the final performance, Melissa R. is criticized for crying on stage but is safe due to being in the best duo. Mariela and Chelsea land in the bottom two due to their shortcomings in singing and dancing respectively. In the end, a teary eyed Robin eliminates Mariela.

  • First Call-Out: Group 1 (Asia and Melissa R)
  • Bottom Two: Mariela and Chelsea
  • Eliminated: Mariela

Episode 6: Dancin' With The Dolls[edit]

Chelsea expresses her feelings on Mariela's elimination saying that she felt she took away Mariela's dream and did not want her to go home. Anastasia feels her biggest indirect competition was gone. The girls are given a Wait a Minute routine to learn where Chelsea and Anastacia struggle. Robin then tells them that only 4 girl will perform it on stage with the Dolls to get immunity, however she makes the last minute decision to cut both Anastacia and Chelsea out of the performance and they stay on the bus. At the performance, Melissa R. gains immunity despite almost getting too soon on stage. As they come back, the ongoing tension between Melissa S. and Chelsea reach their highest point as Melissa uses Chelsea's name as a synonym for bad dancer. Melissa R. breaks down because she struggles with her identity and sheltered past but is comforted by Melissa S. This week the girls perform a medley as one group and Chelsea is put in a swing, which Melissa S. believes is giving her an excuse to not dance.

Group 1
Song "The Pink Panther Theme"/"Fever"/"Big Spender Medley"
Artist Henry Mancini/Peggy Lee/Shirley Bassey
Performers Asia, Anastasia, Chelsea, Melissa R. & Melissa S.

After losing her microphone in the tub she danced in and sang badly, Melissa S. lands in the bottom two once again, but it is Anastacia who is eliminated due to her inability to use her figure to her advantage.

  • First Call-Out: Melissa R
  • Bottom Two: Melissa S and Anasatacia
  • Eliminated: Anastasia

Episode 7: The Fantastic Four[edit]

The girls are taken on a fake promo tour, including a photoshoot, an interview and a commercial for a deodorant. All the girls struggle with their commercial and Chelsea ends up singing it to show off her best asset, while Asia ad libs a bit, talking about The Dolls's confidence. At the interview, Melissa S deems Chelsea the girl with the least potential, reigniting tension but is Asia who wins, though she does not get immunity but to have her commercial run nationally. This week the girls have to perform "Beep"'s dance routine and Chelsea struggles, making Melissa S. happy as she can't evade dancing this week. However she gets the routine down with the help of Asia. The girls are also given solo assignments as follow:

Asia is criticized for struggling on a hard song while Chelsea and Melissa S. land in the bottom two, Chelsea for her dancing problem, despite pulling off a strong performance this night and Melissa S for her lack of consistency. Ultimatley, an overjoyed Chelsea joins Asia and Melissa R in the finale and Melissa S is sent home.

  • First Call-Out: Melissa R
  • Bottom Two: Melissa S and Chelsea
  • Eliminated: Melissa S.

Episode 8: The Girl Who Becomes A Doll[edit]

As the girls come home, Melissa R. voices her relief at Melissa S.'s elimination, leading Asia to call her phony at their last dinner with the judges. Tension continues throughout the night and Chelsea is woken up by the other girls' fight. The girls learn their song assignment as follows:

All of them struggle due to the tension, leading Robin to tell them that none of them are ready. Melissa R. and Asia continue their fight during the group rehearsal, while a bemused Mikey and Chelsea look on. They then pretend to sort out their differences and hug each other. At the performance the judges are wowed by all of the girls. But, Chelsea's inability to dance gets her eliminated.

  • Eliminated:Chelsea

Robin then names Asia the winner and she is joined on stage by the Dolls and performs with them for the first time. She only performed with the Dolls again once at the CW Upfronts Event in New York City, and shortly after, she announced her departure from the group to pursue a solo career.

  • Final 2:Asia and Melissa R
  • Winner: Asia
  • Runner-Up/Eliminated: Melissa R

Elimination's call-out order[edit]

Robin’s Callout Order
Order 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
01 Anastacia Asia Melissa S. Mariela,
Chelsea &
Anastacia
Asia Melissa R. Melissa R. Asia
02 Mariela Jaime Anastacia Melissa R. Chelsea Asia Melissa R.
03 Sisely Anastacia Mariela Melissa S. Asia Chelsea Chelsea
04 Brittany Mariela Asia Melissa R. Anastacia Melissa S. Melissa S.
05 Melissa S. Melissa R. Melissa R. Asia Chelsea Anastacia
06 Jaime Chelsea Chelsea Melissa S. Mariela
07 Melissa R. Sisely Sisely Sisely
08 Asia Melissa S. Jaime
09 Chelsea Brittany
     The contestants were in the best group but were not called by their names, additionally Mariela won the immunity challenge.
     The contestant won the reward challenge and as such is safe from elimination.
     The contestant won the reward challenge but did not win immunity from the upcoming elimination.
     This contestant wasn't allowed at the reward challenge, but remained in the competition.
     This contestant wasn't allowed at the reward challenge, and was eliminated.
     The contestants in this group were in the lowest group and as such up for elimination.
     The contestant was eliminated.
     The contestant won the competition

Notes:

  • On Week 2, Asia was called out by Mark McGrath, but not by Robin Antin.
  • On Week 4, group 1 was called out as "group 1", no specific name order was given. Group captains are listed in bold.
  • On Week 6, Chelsea and Anastacia were deemed the worst dancers and as such didn't take part in the challenge.
  • On Week 7, Melissa S was called before Chelsea but eliminated anyway.
  • On Week 8, Chelsea was called first and eliminated. Robin then called Asia as the winner.

Makeovers[edit]

  • Jaime: Dyed blonder & restyled
  • Sisely: Extensions Sewn In
  • Mariela: Straightened
  • Anastacia: Thinned & straightened
  • Melissa S.: Darker & later on bangs added
  • Chelsea: Bangs added & trimmed
  • Melissa R.: Trimmed ends
  • Asia: Blonde streak extensions added

References[edit]

  1. ^ CW Defends "Pussycat Dolls Presents..."
  2. ^ a b List of public appearances after the show

External links[edit]