The second season of The CW’s Pussycat Dolls reality competition debuts tonight, but instead of adding another person to the group, as the first season did, the show will search for three girls to form a brand-new group.
Pussycat Dolls Presents: Girlicious airs at 9 p.m. ET, and follows 15 finalists who are competing for those three spots in the group Girlicious–and, as The CW says, “the opportunity to go from obscurity to international stardom.” The show will still be hosted by Mark McGrath, and the judges include Robin Antin, Geffen Records chair Ron Fair and Lil’ Kim.
Robin Antin told the New York Daily News, “I was already planning on finding new girls, with or without the TV show. I thought that the audience would really love to see what it takes to not just be like a Pussycat Doll or Girlicious but also the idea of what that means. To feel your sexiness, to feel empowered, and to really learn about singing and dancing, and to work on your craft and be the best you can be.”
She says the new group will have a different look (“This is more of an urban style. They’re not wearing heels and garters, it’s not burlesque-inspired but more workout-inspired. They wear, like, really brightly colored sports bras and great little athletic shorts, only with great hair and great makeup. They look like Bratz dolls!”) and a quasi-new sound (“The vibe of the music is a cross between TLC, maybe a little Destiny’s Child, definitely a little Pussycat Dolls.”).
As to the first season of the show, its winner, Asia Nitollano, bailed on the Pussycat Dolls to be a solo artist, but Antin isn’t mad. “[Asia] really came in with the idea in mind that she wanted to go solo, so for her, being in a group wasn’t her ideal thing. But she knows I rooted for her since day one. I’m her biggest fan,” she said.