Lauren Bennett Joining Revamped Pussycat Dolls
While Nicole Scherzinger has been pursuing a solo career for roughly the past four years, Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin has been busy getting a new lineup together. Although the full lineup of the group has not been announced, Lauren Bennett, who sang on LMFAO’s summer hit “Party Rock Anthem,” confirmed to Billboard at the American Music Awards that she will be part of the revamped girl group. She told the magazine: "We're currently figuring out who's in the group and we're working on an album."
Bennett is already part of The Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Review, along with Los Angeles Laker Girl Vanessa Curry. The burlesque aspect of the Pussycat Dolls, however, has been around since 1995, and only later did the group become a pop act signed to Interscope. Aside from the music, the Pussycat Dolls brand encompasses workout DVDs, Las Vegas clubs, a clothing line, and possibly a reality show involving Kim Kardashian and American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Antin announced the revamped group earlier. She told Billboard: "It's official that I'm doing a new group of Pussycat Dolls. But the only reason I can't talk about the girls individually is because of contracts."
Six girls will be part of the new Pussycat Dolls. In addition to Bennett, they could be Kristal "Lyndriette" Smith, Kia Hampton, Tiffany "Taz" Zavala, and Paula Van Oppen. However, she said: “The number of girls could change. I've been going back and forth. It could go back to five. It really depends on how it goes once we start to do our thing. This is what happened back in the day"
Some have doubts about the re-grouped girl act. Joe "MoJoe" Roberts, PD of top 40 KHOP Modesto, Calif., said: "The Pussycat Dolls reboot is an interesting concept. We've seen other pop groups attempt to relaunch, like Menudo. But they are typically unsuccessful the second time around. I'm not saying it won't work. But based on past examples, the chips seem stacked against them."
Antin disagrees. She told Billboard: "Producers are calling. Everyone wants to be a part of the Pussycat Dolls. A group is a hard thing to do but I feel like we hold that part of the market. I've been able to really brand it."
She added: "Everyone wants to see the Pussycat Dolls. They know whoever I put in that all the girls are going to be amazing. They're obviously going to be really hot, but also really talented. I don't let anyone into my world -- the Pussycat Dolls -- unless they are fierce."
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