Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt make up The Pussycat Dolls. The Pussycat Dolls are a female burlesque dance troupe who is conquering the charts with hit singles such as Don't Cha and Stickwitu.
It all started back in 1993 when choreographer Robin Antin began casting a burlesque troupe. Besides dancing, those auditioning had to prove their vocal abilities. Their first show was in 1995. During this time, they performed with numerous guest vocalists, with a repertoire of 50's and 60's pop standards, while dressed in lingerie or old fashioned pin-up costumes. Their choreography was reportedly drew inspiration from Bon Fosse.
They were able to secure a Thursday night residency at LA nightclub the Viper Room, and they stayed there from 1995 until 2001. Following that, they moved to The Roxy in 2002. Their popularity grew internationally, and they were featured in magazines, TV specials, and on MTV and VH1. Actress Carmen Electra was the leader for most of these appearances. Soon they were joined by quite a few celebrity performers. Electra was the most frequent celebrity performer. With the involvement of music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair the troupe was re-cast and transformed into a pop/R&B recording group.
In 2003, former Eden's Crush member Nicole Scherzinger joined became the group's lead singer. In 2002 member Jessica Sutta joined. And in 2003, Melody Thornton and Kimberly Wyatt also joined. Carmit Bachar and Ashley Roberts were members at that point.
Their debut album PCD was released on September 30, 2005. It debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 selling over 99,000 copies. The weeks following it would slip, but would regain strength with the help of their second single. The album has sold over 1.3 million copies, achieving platinum certification. PCD continues to receive attention, spending its 20th week at number 20. In only a short time, the Pussycat Dolls went from being a burlesque troupe to one of the hottest pop acts out there.
In 2006, founder Robin Antin set upon a search to find the seventh member of the line-up of the troupe. After thousands of girls, and a female impersonator, auditioned, a final eighteen were chosen, which was cut down to nine. This search was broadcast in spring 2007 in the Dolls' reality show. The seventh member was decided to be Asia Nitollano, a dancer for the New York Knicks and single mother. But in 2007, Asia decided to drop out and pursue a solo career. The Dolls lost another member in 2008, when the original Pussycat Doll Carmit Bachar decided to quit. The Pussycat Dolls continue to find success, as well as keeping a strong fanbase with their catchy songs and impressive dance moves.