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'Girlicious' judges surprise contestants in finale

Guest blogger John-John Williams IV reports:

I have to admit that this is totally my guilty pleasure reality television show. It has the cat fights and backstabbing of Big Brother, the beauty of America's Next Top Model, the vocals of American Idol and the moves of So You Think You Can Dance. What's not to love?

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The second season of the show The Pussycat Dolls Present Girlicious has been good to the last pop, drop and lock.

The contestants have been much stronger this year and the drama has been on high for the majority of the season.

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Last week, the judges threw everyone for a loop when they did not eliminate any of the contestants, which set up five girls vying for three spots. (Or so we thought ...)

I suspected that the judges were going to have a hard time whittling down the five contestants. (The girls were very strong contenders.) Turns out I was right. They picked four! (I'll get back to that later.)

The odd woman out was Charlye. Her attitude got in the way of her making the group. Week after week, she was a very strong competitor. But it was her distain for Natalie and Chrystina that did her in. She completely shot herself in the foot when she told judges Robin Antin, founder of The Pussycat Dolls, and Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen Records, about her beef with her two rivals. She also said she planned to go to school if she did not make the group. (Wrong again!) Meanwhile the other girls expressed loads of enthusiasm. Tiffanie almost needed to be restrained because of all her excitement. Chrystina and Natalie totally played the game and avoided discussions about any drama that occurred off-stage.

After their interviews with the judges, the girls had two last chances to strut their stuff.
First, as a group, they had to perform Kool and the Gang's "Ladies Night." Next, each girl was assigned a solo.

Charlye had to sing Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." Tiffanie tackled Aretha Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Natalie sang Nelly Furtado's "Say it Right." Nicohle performed "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" by En Vogue. Chrystina had to sing Heart's "What About Love."

All the girls did a pretty good job. No one forgot their lyrics. No one completely messed up their song and started over. (I'm still heated about this week's American Idol!) So it basically came down to personality. Charlye couldn't get along with two of the girls. She had to go.

Girlicious is definitely an attempt to keep up with Danity Kane. The show totally takes a few pages from MTV's Making the Band. But, unlike MTB, I got the feeling that Antin legitimately wants to keep her talent. (Remember how Puffy humiliated then discarded the group Da Band?) She routinely shed tears when contestants were eliminated from her show. I think it made for more of a connection with the viewers. Granted it's kind of hard to take the show seriously with all the over-the-top plastic surgery Antin and third judge Lil' Kim received over the years. If you look past that, the show is guilty-pleasure worthy.

I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about this season. I was a fan of the first season where Antin scoured the country looking for a new member of her hit group The Pussycat Dolls. (I know she was steaming that Asia's decided to opt for a solo career instead of joining the group.)  I initially thought this group was going to be a joke. I mean, what kind of name is Girlicious?

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Silly name or not, I think that Antin has a good thing going with these girls. The members are pretty, they sound decent for today's singing standards. And they are diverse. I think most girls can see a girl who looks like them in this group.

I wonder if a third season is in the works? Will Antin attempt to add another member to the Pussycat Dolls? Or will she simply base a reality show based on the way the girls from Girlicious mesh?


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