|The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious|
Contestants, from top to bottom from left to right: Kristin, Natalie, Megan, Carrie, Chrystina, Charlye, Nichole, Ilisa, Alexis, Tiffanie, Jamie, Cassandra, Charlotte, Jenna and Keisha.
|Created by||Robin Antin|
|Opening theme||Don't Cha|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Ken Mok|
|Running time||61 min.|
|Distributor||Warner Horizon Television|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original run||February 18, 2008 – April 23, 2008|
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. 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 Ruiz, Jenna Artzer, Keisha Henry, Kristin 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. Another season of Pussycat Dolls Present was planned but then the show was officially cancelled due to low ratings.
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:
|Artist||The Pussycat Dolls|
|Performers||Alexis, Megan, Tiffanie|
|Song||"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"|
|Performers||Keisha, Ilisa, Carrie|
|Song||"Where Did Our Love Go"|
|Performers||Jamie, Charlye, Jenna|
|Artist||The Pussycat Dolls|
|Performers||Chrystina, Cassandra, Nichole|
|Song||"We Got the Beat"|
|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 ruptered 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.
Eliminated: Charlotte, Kristin, Keisha
The girls move into the house and Chrystina and Natalie separate themselves from the rest and gossip. 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. After a first check, the group made up of Carrie, Charlye, Jenna and Chrystina is selected and Carrie wins. Back at home Natalie is confronted by her teammates for not investing enough in the challenge. At the final performance, Baby One More Time is unanimously deemed the worst and Megan is eliminated for being too pageanty.
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 until the immunity challenge, performing I don't need a man in front of critical fans, where she places 2nd behind Natalie who wins immunity. She then 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.
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 reminescent of Mariela's from the previous season.
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:
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 the girls who provoked them while an amused Jamie looks on. Natalie learns that her grandmother had died, but pulls herself to work for her family. 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.
Eliminated: Jamie and Ilisa
This weeks theme is about vocal expression and the girls record Girlicious's first song, Leave You Alone and despite Natalie impressing Ron it is Charlie who wins immunity. However, Natalie is mentioned for her "surprise attack". The girls are then assigned a medley.
Chrystina is told to open but at the last minute, due to her lack of knowledge of the lyrics her part is swapped with Carrie's. Charlye struggles with being away from home since her father had died while she was away on a class trip and gets a extra session with Kenn Hicks. Meanwhile Natalie storms out on Kenn Hicks after he refuses to give her a line she wants to sing but later apologizes after a discussion with Carrie and Tiffanie. Chrystina lands in the bottom two with Jenna who is criticized for her lack of energy. In the end, Jenna is eliminated.
This episode shows never before seen footage such as the girls's 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 and the judges bloopers.
The week is about star quality and the tension stays in the 2 cliques. The six girls left made a videoclip of the single Leave you alone. Charlye won the challenge. The week's songs were:
Carrie lands in the bottom 2 with Natalie. The judges decide that Carrie can stand alone and be a solo artist whereas Natalie needs a group to back her up and thus Carrie is eliminated.
Episode 9: Public Image
After a few low blow on the way home, the girls learn about the weeks theme, public image and go on a media tour where they go to KIIS FM, where Chrystina forgets her lyrics while Tiffanie manages to be diplomatic about the tensions. They then go to Extra where Chrystina once again struggles but Natalie shines during her promo, winning herself the prize to have it aired nationally. Tiffanie then realizes that the girls have to sort out their differences as Robin might put girls from the two cliques in the group. Charlye however, pretexting a headache, refuses to put forth the effort. The girls then learn that they will all perform Pussycat Dolls songs together.
|Born||Bedford, New Hampshire|
Carrie Jones is an American author, known for her work in young-adult fiction. She has written books in both the fantasy and non-fantasy genres, including the paranormal novel series Need. Jones has received multiple awards and appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Carrie Jones was raised in Bedford, New Hampshire. She moved to Lewiston, Maine to attend Bates College. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, she later became an editor for newspapers, which led to her winning a Maine Literary Award for nonfiction. In 2007, Jones graduated from Vermont College's MFA program for writing, prior to which she completed the first draft of what would become her debut novel. She resides in Maine with her husband and daughter.
Jones's 2007 debut novel, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend, introduces a girl named Belle, whose longtime boyfriend Dylan eventually informs her that he is gay. The revelation leaves Belle torn between her resentment toward Dylan's secrecy, and her concern as he adjusts to his new identity in their town. Jones has labeled it a story of "self-discovery and understanding and all the different kinds of love out there." The novel was based in part on an experience that Jones had during high school. While exploring Belle's situation, the author felt compelled to reveal that "negative feelings aren’t all the feelings possible when your boyfriend comes out. You can feel proud of him. You can feel sad that he was afraid to tell the truth for so long. You can feel used sometimes. You can feel angry sometimes, but eventually, lots of the time you still love him. You still care about him. You want the best for him. In Tips I really wanted those positive feelings to eventually come out."
While reviewing the novel, Dana Rudolph of Bay Windows called it a story of "personal discovery," for both Dylan and Belle. Rudolph also stated that the book "explores the broader ramifications of homophobia and closetedness without resorting to stereotypes." She went on to declare it "an insightful, funny read about first love and first heartbreak." A review from Publishers Weekly stated that "the author's poetic prose ably captures her heroine's emotional upheavals." Additionally, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend won the 2008 Maine Literary Award for children's fiction, and the Independent Publishers Book Award for Best Young Adult Juvenile Novel. Jones also received the Martin Dibner Award for Most-Promising Maine Writer. The novel's sequel, Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape), was labeled "challenging and thought-provoking, and always real and accessible," by author Kate Messner.
Jones's Girl, Hero, which was released in 2008, revolves around a student actress with a troubled home life. To cope with her difficulties, she writes messages to her hero, deceased movie actor John Wayne, and bonds with a friendly romantic interest from her school. In July 2008, the novel received recognition from The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. The review stated that the story was "raw and real," also commending it for an ability to "empower readers."
A fantasy novel about a haunted town, tentatively titled Ghost Sickness and scheduled for release in 2011, was announced in 2010. The book is a collaborative novel by Jones and author Steven E. Wedel.
Jones's most well-known work, the fantasy series Need, debuted in autumn 2008. She has described the story as being "about multiple things," including "finding yourself, finding love, solving a bit of a mystery," and "not getting dead." The novels follow a girl named Zara, who is drawn into a struggle against a group of malicious pixies. As the story progresses, Zara makes several new friends and allies, including a werewolf named Nick. In addition to the central conflict, Need explores themes surrounding integrity and personal phobias, while also examining strong-willed heroines and Norse mythology.
The series has largely been met with critical acclaim, while the initial entry was also listed as one of VOYA's best speculative fiction books of 2008. In a 2009 review of the first novel, Dale McGarrigle of the Bangor Daily News stated that, "While Need definitely has teen appeal, it’s a book that, like the best in this genre, will attract adult readers as well. It will fulfill a need for many." The second book in the series, Captivate, debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller list in the "Children's Books—Chapter Books" subcategory.
Jones's characters are sometimes involved with Amnesty International, which the author has also participated in. While discussing this in a 2008 interview, she cited a desire for her heroines to care about more than "boys and clothes." In addition, her works regularly feature small communities with close-knit residents. The author has claimed to draw inspiration from her own city of Bangor, Maine while writing. Musicians have also appeared more than once in her stories, with the characters Belle and Liliana (the protagonist of Girl, Hero) both having an interest in music. Jones has stated that she plays piano in private, and that she participated in a song-and-dance company, along with comedian Sarah Silverman, while in junior high school.
During a 2009 interview, Jones was asked about the appeal of the young-adult genre, and how the lines between fantasy and the real world blurred in her writing. Her response was as follows:
|“|| For me, so many of the themes in young-adult novels just hit home a lot more. The quest for identity and trying to find your place in the world. And in a way that really conveys into fantasy as well, because so often our characters are suddenly thrust into this world they know nothing about and everything has shifted and everything has changed. And that's so much like being thrust into adulthood, or thrust into high school, or thrust into so many things that we get thrust into as people in our journeys.
I think that for me part of the temptation of writing fantasy is because I want so badly to find some of that magic that we saw as children when we saw the world. And there's also this great element of escape in it—in not just the act of reading but in the act of writing it—where we can kind of leave this world and incorporate some aspects of it. Like my character really cares about Amnesty International and human rights, and that's this incredibly important thing that goes on in our contemporary world. But then you can convey it and leave those restraints, and kind of expand upon it and, it seems, by using the archetypes that are so often used in fantasy, just kind of broaden it, and make it so much bigger, and so much more epic and important.
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Carrie Jones (born 1981 in Fairfield, Illinois ) is an American Rock music singer, best known for her appearance (and sixth-place finish) on the reality television show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.  Carrie is a member of the musical group Angels of Modern Destruction.
Carrie Jones was born to parents John and Linda Jones and began pursuing music at age three. Carrie attended college for one year and then left to move to Los Angeles in 2002, when she was 19 where she got a few breaks, including doing backup vocals for singer, Pink and being cast in an Elton John video. 
In 2008, Carrie competed on The CW Television Network show, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious to be in an American pop group formed by Robin Antin. In episode 8 Carrie landed in the bottom 2. The judges decided Carrie would be better suited for a solo career and she was eliminated from the show.