The CW's new music/reality series, "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for The Next Doll," is a behind-the-scenes look at the process of selecting a beautiful and talented singer/dancer who has what it takes to join one of the world's most successful performing and recording acts. Out of the thousands of gifted hopefuls who audition, only one young woman will make it through the challenges and undergo a total transformation to win her place in the spotlight as the newest member of the Pussycat Dolls.
Judges on the series include the group's founder and choreographer, Robin Antin, along with Ron Fair, Chairman of Geffen Records, and Grammy Award-winning performing artist Lil' Kim. As they guide the young contestants through auditions and challenges, the judges' personal styles sometimes clash, but their brutally honest critiques are intended to bring out the best in each performer. The Pussycat Dolls' lead singer and spokesperson, Nicole Scherzinger, is an inspiring role model to the participants. New dance routines in the Dolls' unmistakable style are created by Antin and co-choreographer Mikey Minden, who teach the girls one demanding number after another. In addition, Antin is on hand to take the participants through each challenge and demonstrate what it takes to become a Pussycat Doll. Antin's brother, hairstylist Jonathan Antin of "Blowout" fame, is on board for sexy hairstyle makeovers. Another important member of the team is singer/songwriter Mark McGrath, who serves as the show's host.
After a nationwide audition process, the judges narrowed the dancers down to the final diverse group of nine young women, who move into a loft in Los Angeles' fashion district during the competition. Each episode has a specific theme - confidence, creativity and style are just a few of the themes addressed. Challenges include ballet dancing in toe shoes, designing an original Pussycat Doll-style outfit and learning a dance routine with male partners. In addition to Nicole, other members of the Pussycat Dolls provide advice and empower the girls to give their all during each challenge. Along the way, there are plenty of surprises, including celebrity guests and unexpected trips.
Some of the gorgeous and gifted participants are great singers, some are great dancers, some have a creative style all their own, but the winner of the competition will be the one who combines all these talents to unleash her inner Pussycat Doll.
In the early 1990s, Antin was already enjoying a successful career as a choreographer on music videos for bands such as Smash Mouth, The Offspring and No Doubt. Looking for a new creative outlet, she invited a few of her dancer friends over to play around with new routines and edgy costumes in the tiny dance studio she had set up in the Los Angeles garage of her roommate, actress Christina Applegate. Antin was inspired by the style of famed choreographer Bob Fosse ("Sweet Charity," "Cabaret"), but she set her routines to music that ran the gamut from Led Zeppelin to punk rock to Bjork. When Applegate suggested the group perform at the Sunset Strip's renowned Viper Room, The Pussycat Dolls were born.
The Dolls were soon attracting huge crowds and celebrity guest performers, including Applegate, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron, Brittany Murphy, Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson. When Antin joined forces with Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, and Ron Fair, Chairman of Geffen Records, The Dolls quickly jumped to another level, appearing in music videos and the film "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Their debut album "PCD" has sold over five million copies worldwide and spawned five hit singles. When Antin decided to add a new member to the group, the idea of filming the auditions and the transformation from dancer to Doll just came naturally.
"Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" is executive produced by Robin Antin (The Pussycat Dolls), Steven Antin ("Young Americans"), Ron Fair (Geffen Records), Laura Fuest ("Beauty and the Geek"), Jimmy Iovine (Interscope Geffen A&M Records), McG ("Supernatural," "The O.C."), and Ken Mok ("America's Next Top Model"). The series is from Warner Horizon Television, 10 by 10 Entertainment, Pussycat Dolls, LLC, Interscope A&M Records and Wonderland Sound and Vision.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times