Sextet Not Aloud
I must say, I was a bit perplexed when I read in the papers that pop group Girls Aloud were going to recruit a sixth member to the group via an audition-style reality TV programme. Thankfully, the group has confirmed the rumours are not true at all. It didn’t seem logical anyway. The group are one of the biggest bands in the UK right now, and the fact that one of their members is currently a judge on X Factor only gives them more exposure. A new member seems a bit unnecessary.
However, one group that totally disregarded their current success and recruited an extra member anyway, despite everything being fine and dandy, was the Pussycat Dolls. Sure, one of their members, Carmit, left the group – but how many people really care now? They just dyed fellow Doll Jessica’s hair red and made her the token redhead instead! Plus, there’s still five in the group which is plenty (six was just greedy!). But no, they just had to jump on the reality TV bandwagon and create “Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll”. It pretty much did what it says on the tin. Through a gruelling audition process (groan) PCD creator Robin Antin and friends whittled down a group of fame-hungry girls to The Chosen One. This ended up being young wannabe Asia Nitollano.
So what happened then? Well, Asia won the competition and then went: “Thanks a lot for that. Now I’m going solo.” Nice. Hence, PCD remain as they are – a five-piece girl group and as for Asia, she is a solo artist yet to be signed! All a bit pointless but at least they got a TV series out of it.
Not content with finding a new member, Robin Antin decided she was going to then make a TV series that found a whole new girl group in much the same way. Welcome to “Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious”. Could it get any better? Once again we had a series that featured lots of girl-fights, ‘gruelling auditions’ and an abundance of hair straighteners. The end product is a group, Girlicious (pictured), that are to PCD what S Club Juniors were to S Club 7. These baby Dolls might have the moves but they certainly lack the charisma and, well, sex appeal the PCD girls seem to be bringing to the world music scene in droves. Don’t expect to see Girlicious at the top of the charts anytime soon, and if you do be afraid, be very afraid.