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by Annie Wu, posted May 21st 2007 7:01PM
Nicole ScherzingerFor a disturbingly long time now, I've been bothered by the Pussycat Dolls. Every time I pass a poster of the girls, a marquee boasting their name, or their extremely well-supported racks on the CD racks (sorry, I had to), I feel a sting of recognition in singer Nicole Scherzinger. Had I seen her in an ad for a late-night hotline or Olive Garden once upon a time? Or passed her in the street years ago? These moments of confusion were brief and fleeting, because I have bigger things to worry about and, well, I have a short attention span. It wasn't until I recently stumbled across Scherzinger's Wikipedia page that I remembered the WB and its reality show, Popstars.

Back when boy bands ruled the top 40, reality television as we know it today was just getting its start. Until American Idol came along and started to perfect the music reality show formula in 2002, we had shows like Making the Band, with O-Town of "It's called 'Liquid Dreams', not 'Wet Dreams'" fame, and Popstars, which created the all-girl Eden's Crush. I had seen, like, two episodes of Popstars and the resulting buzz and video love on MTV, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is where I had first seen Scherzinger. She's come a long way from wearing leather pants in a mildly successful girl group to wearing leather short-shorts and leading a chart-topping outfit.

I dug up some YouTube clips of these early music reality shows and amused myself. It's hard to believe this cheesiness was hot a mere six years ago. Check out these videos...

Scherzinger's Popstars audition:

Hot crappy-CGI action! Eden's Crush's first music video:

Anyway, I thought this was interesting... Although it's not as weird as when I found out that Fergie was in KIDS Incorporated.

UPDATE: Okay, so maybe this news doesn't come as that big of a surprise to many of you. Sorry that I'm not as big of a Pussycat Dolls or Popstars fan.

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July 08 2007 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While watching Desperate Housewives this season, I was positive I had seen the actor playing Edie's nephew Austin before. After some quick research, I had an 'Aha' moment when I discovered that Austin, otherwise known as Josh Henderson, was a member of Scene 23, the very short-lived music group from Popstars 2.
Who would've thought a rinky-dink, American Idol copycat on the WB would produce two pretty successful people 5 years later?

May 27 2007 at 2:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After reading your blog I decided to look up Eden's Crush to find out why they broke up (fell off the top fifty after only 3 weeks on the charts-ouch!) and found out that Kelly Clarkson tried out for popstars as well. I don't think she would have been as suited for PCD as Nicole though...

According to Wikipedia:

"Kelly Clarkson had a stint in the Popstars season that created Eden's Crush and the experience almost made her not want to audition for American Idol."

May 22 2007 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the blast from the past. When you brought up "Eden's Crush" all that came to mind was that my friend and I liked their butterfly tops back in 9th grade. I couldn't remember a single song or who was in it.

I'm not a PCD fan but it is funny to see how these "stars" started out.

Did you know that Fergie was in a short lived girl band too? It was around the time she started her meth habbit. I think the group was named Wild Orchid. Back when she went by Stacy Ferguson.

May 22 2007 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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