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The Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
Girlicious.jpg
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.
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
Official 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 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.[2] Another season of Pussycat Dolls Present was planned but then the show was officially cancelled due to low ratings.

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Performances

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Episode 1: Let's Get Girlicious

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 The Pussycat Dolls
Performers Alexis, Megan, Tiffanie
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 The Supremes
Performers Jamie, Charlye, Jenna
Group 4
Song "Right Now"
Artist The Pussycat Dolls
Performers Chrystina, Cassandra, Nichole
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 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

Episode 2: Confidence

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:

Group 1
Song "Holiday"
Artist Madonna
Performers Nichole, Natalie, Tiffanie, Ilisa
Group 2
Song "Baby One More Time"
Artist Britney Spears
Performers Megan, Cassandra, Jamie, Alexis
Group 3
Song "Tearin' Up My Heart"
Artist *NSYNC
Performers Carrie, Charlye, Jenna, Chrystina

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.

Eliminated: Megan

Episode 3: Charisma

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:

Group 1
Song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"
Artist Nancy Sinatra
Performers Charlye, Tiffanie, Nichole
Group 2
Song "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"
Artist Cyndi Lauper
Performers Carrie, Jamie, Alexis, Cassandra
Group 3
Song "Respect"
Artist Aretha Franklin
Performers Chrystina, Natalie, Jenna, Ilisa

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.

Eliminated: Alexis

Episode 4: Style

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

Group 1
Song "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
Artist SOS Band
Performers Charlye, Natalie, Nichole
Group 2
Song "Heart of Glass"
Artist Blondie
Performers Jamie, Ilisa, and Cassandra
Group 3
Song "Dim All the Lights"
Artist Donna Summer
Performers Chrystina, Tiffanie, Jenna, Carrie

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.

Eliminated: Cassandra

Episode 5: Kitchen Confrontation / Sexiness

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:

Group 1
Song "Hit Me with Your Best Shot"
Artist Pat Benatar
Performers Nichole, Chrystina, Jenna
Group 2
Song "Piece of My Heart"
Artist Janis Joplin
Performers Carrie, Ilisa, Tiffanie
Group 3
Song "I Want You to Want Me"
Artist Cheap Trick
Performers Jamie, Natalie, Charlye

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

Episode 6: Vocal Expression

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.

Group 1
Song "Emotion"
Artist Destiny's Child
Performers Nichole, Charlye, Jenna, Natalie
Group 2
Song "Flashdance... What a Feeling"
Artist Irene Cara
Performers Carrie, Chrystina, Tiffanie
Groups 1&2
Song "Flashdance... What a Feeling" dance routine
Artist Irene Cara
Performers Natalie, Carrie, Jenna, Chrystina, Nichole, Tiffanie, Charlye

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.

Eliminated: Jenna

Episode 7: A Look Back

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.

  • 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

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:

Group 1
Song "Thirteen Men"
Artist Ann-Margret
Performers Chrystina, Tiffanie, Charlye
Group 2
Song "Sway"
Artist Dean Martin
Performers Carrie, Nichole, Natalie

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.

Eliminated: Carrie

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.

Song "How Many Times, How Many Lies" and "Buttons"
Artist Pussycat Dolls
Performers Chrystina, Tiffanie, Charlye, Natalie, Nichole

At the performance, Natalie finally nails her vocals while using her lower register. Chrystina and Charlye land in the bottom two, Chrystina for her lack of consistency and Charlye for not mixing well with the group. Chrystina is called, leaving a sad Charlye thinking she is going home. However, Robin reveals that the judges couldn't agree on sending anybody home and everyone moves on to the finale.

Eliminated: No one

Episode 10: You Are Girlicious

This week the girls learn their final lesson, be themselves. They then each get few minutes with Ron Fair and Charlye is a little too honest about the tensions, compromising her chances. The girls then learn their final song assignment:

Song "Ladies' Night"
Artist Kool and the Gang
Performers Chrystina, Tiffanie, Charlye, Natalie, Nichole
Song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
Artist Aretha Franklin
Performer Tiffanie
Song "Before He Cheats"
Artist Carrie Underwood
Performer Charlye
Song "Giving Him Something He Can Feel"
Artist En Vogue
Performer Nichole
Song "Say It Right"
Artist Nelly Furtado
Performer Natalie
Song "What About Love"
Artist Heart
Performer Chrystina

Chrystina struggles with not knowing her song but thanks to Natalie she pulls off her strongest performance to date. Charlye is once again criticized for not mixing with the group and her desire is questioned, while Nichole is told she should push more. In the end, Robin calls Nichole first, thanks to her fitting right in the image of the group. She then calls Tiffanie as the second member of the group. She then calls a girl who will not be in Girlicious, Charlye, who is told to hang up her boa. Robin then manages the suspense before revealing the final member and Natalie begins to hope that both her and Chrystina will be in the group. Indeed, Robin states that while "three girls in this group is great [sic], four girls are Girlicious". After that, the music video for Like Me is aired.

Eliminated: Charlye

Elimination's call-out order

Robin Antin’s Call-Out Order
Order Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10
01 Tiffanie Jenna Natalie Chrystina Chrystina Charlye Natalie
02 Alexis Charlye Charlye Jenna Charlye Carrie Nichole Tiffanie Tiffanie Chrystina
03 Megan Chrystina Tiffanie Tiffanie Carrie Charlye Tiffanie Nichole Charlye Tiffanie
04 Jamie Carrie Carrie Carrie Nichole Nichole Chrystina Chrystina Nichole
05 Jenna Nichole Jamie Charlye Tiffanie Natalie Natalie Charlye
06 Charlye Natalie Cassandra Nichole Natalie Chrystina Carrie
07 Chrystina Ilisa Ilisa Natalie Jenna Jenna
08 Nichole Tiffanie Jenna Ilisa Ilisa
09 Cassandra Alexis Nichole Jamie Jamie
10 Ilisa Jamie Chrystina Cassandra
11 Natalie Cassandra Alexis
12 Carrie Megan
13 Charlotte
14 Kristin
15 Keisha
     The contestant won the reward challenge and as such is safe from elimination
     The contestant won a prize at the reward challenge but did not win immunity from the upcoming elimination
     The contestant won the reward challenge and a prize
     The contestant won an extra vocal coaching session
     The contestants in this group were in the lowest group/bottom four and as such up for elimination
     The contestant was eliminated
     The contestant was the last called but wasn't eliminated
     The contestant won the competition

Notes:

  • On Week 1 the contestants were called by groups except for the last six who were called individually. On Weeks 2 and 4 they were called by groups, with the weakest group up for elimination and on Weeks 3 and 5 they were all called together except for the immunity winner (called first) and the bottom four. Afterwards things got back to the bottom two system.
  • On Week 3 Natalie was called out by Mark McGrath but not by Robin, captains for the week are listed in bold. On Week 6 Jenna was called and then eliminated, Chrystina wasn't called at all. In the finale, Robin called the first two winners, then Charlye who was eliminated and finally surprised Natalie and Chrystina by telling them they would both be in the group.
  • On Week 5 Charlye and Chrystina were rewarded a Hello Kitty diamond necklace for their performance on the challenge, on Week 6 Charlye was given an extra vocal session by Kenn Hicks and on Week 9 Natalie only won to have her Extra promo aired, not immunity.
  • Week 7 is a recap episode.
  • On Week 5 two contestants were planned to be sent home, while on Week 9 the judges couldn't agree on who to send home and kept all 5 girls.

Makeovers

  • Jamie: Dyed lighter brown and orange streaks
  • Charlye: Bangs added, extended
  • Carrie: Bangs added, roots touched up
  • Tiffanie: Trimmed, sidebangs added
  • Natalie: Straightened, dyed darker red
  • Chrystina: Extended, trimmed
  • Nichole: Blonde extensions added
  • Jenna: Dyed darker and maroon streaks
  • Ilisa: Trimmed and dyed darker
  • Cassandra: Edgier cut and brown streaks

Post show careers

Alexis, Ilisa and Jenna have all released songs on their respective Myspaces[3][4][5].

Jamie has taken part in multiple Robin Antin endeavors such as performing with the Vegas Dolls and appearing in her work-out DVD[6] and Matt Goss's video[7].

Carrie Jones has joined the group Angels of Modern Destruction[8].

Since leaving the group, Tiffanie has been featured on the song Meltin Like Ice Cream by Chanel aka CC[9].

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