Last night, we didn't have a new episode of Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
(you can just consider my premature elimination prediction column to be me doing my homework in advance for once!). Instead we had something that I can't help but think of as the Legacy of Tyra Banks: an episode constructed entirely of the bits that weren't good enough to make it into the show in the first place.
Like: Robin Antin
had the girls meet with a life coach! And a dancer from Nelly Furtado! Who did the splits! Wheee! And the girls made out with boys!
While there was hardly anything illuminating contained in the episode, I did think there were some clues as to what's going on in Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.
Tiffanie seems destined to make it into the group. Her session with the life coach was pretty glowing (although awkward: the life coach is saying how much energy and charisma Tiffanie has and Tiffanie is sitting there with the most bored and/or sour expression she can muster). While her kitchen fight was featured (tip of the hat to my fellow writer Don Williams who called that the season's dramas were likely to be rehashed in this recap episode), she seemed to get a positive spin.
Natalie got a lot of screen time as well; I have a suspicion that despite her diva moment and her vocal troubles, she is a strong contender to wind up in the final group.
And the big revelation for me: how transparently fake some things seemed on Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious. I know there is generally some level of fakeness in these kinds of shows, but there were things that upon second viewing just seemed over-the-top fake.
Like, for example, the kitchen fight and Natalie's diva moment. There was something kind of odd about both Tiffanie's decision to head into the kitchen to confront the other girls and Natalie's decision to leave the studio. It seemed like…bad acting. Watching it again, it seemed like…really bad acting. Who knows, maybe it was all completely genuine, but I felt like the strong hand of the producer was behind these moments.
And of course, Natalie and Tiffanie had a backstage confrontation about Natalie walk-off. More screen time for the two, more potential drama…all the more drama as we get to the final episdoes if it looks like the two could end up in a group together, and all the more payoff if they can be reconciled. Again, who really knows, but watching this recap episode, that was my immediate and strong suspicion.
As to the other girls, Chrystina's life coach session didn't seem promising, we saw our first real negative stuff about Nichole (she sang while Natalie was processing the news about her grandma's death), Carrie continues to be both talented and a negligible blip in the editing, and Charlye is a little bit of a wild card. We'll see next week as the show moves to Wednesdays.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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