The Pussycat Dolls announce they are REUNITING for a UK tour next year – Daily Mail

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The Pussycat Dolls have announced they are embarking on a reunion tour next year 10 years after they revealed they were taking a hiatus to pursue solo careers.

However one member of the band – Melody Thornton – won’t be joining them on the road, as it is revealed that they will be touring the UK and Ireland without her.

Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta will perform for the first time as a five piece during Saturday’s X Factor: Celebrity.

Back together! The Pussycat Dolls have announced they are embarking on a reunion tour next year 10 years after they revealed they were taking a hiatus to pursue solo careers (L-R Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Carmit Bachar)

Back together! The Pussycat Dolls have announced they are embarking on a reunion tour next year 10 years after they revealed they were taking a hiatus to pursue solo careers (L-R Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Carmit Bachar)

Back together! The Pussycat Dolls have announced they are embarking on a reunion tour next year 10 years after they revealed they were taking a hiatus to pursue solo careers (L-R Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Carmit Bachar)

Their reunion was partly inspired by the Spice Girls successful tour earlier this year, as the women claimed that they felt the series of shows was ‘inspiring’.

The tour will kick off in April 2020, more than a decade after they split amid rumours of a rift over Nicole’s dominant role in both the recording studio and on stage.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Ashley said it was ‘amazing and inspiring’ seeing Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Chisholm back together, but stopped short of saying the Spice Girls had prompted their reunion.

Absent: However one member of the band - Melody Thornton - won't be joining them on the road as it is revealed that they will be touring the UK and Ireland without her

Absent: However one member of the band - Melody Thornton - won't be joining them on the road as it is revealed that they will be touring the UK and Ireland without her

Absent: However one member of the band – Melody Thornton – won’t be joining them on the road as it is revealed that they will be touring the UK and Ireland without her

She said: ‘The Spice Girls – it’s amazing and inspiring that they all – except Victoria – got on stage and had some fun. We have been in the works for years trying to get this together. Really, it was divine timing for us all coming together.’

The Pussycat Dolls attended the Spice Girls’ 2007 show at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles together during the British group’s first reunion.

Carmit, who went on to form the group LadyStation, said: ‘We all went to the Spice Girls’ reunion tour at the Staples Centre in LA. Do you remember that? It was the first time in ages but Robin [Antin] has been trying to wrangle us together for years now.’

First performance: Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta will perform for the first time as a five piece during Saturday's X Factor: Celebrity (the band pictured with Melody in 2005)

First performance: Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta will perform for the first time as a five piece during Saturday's X Factor: Celebrity (the band pictured with Melody in 2005)

First performance: Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta will perform for the first time as a five piece during Saturday’s X Factor: Celebrity (the band pictured with Melody in 2005)

The girl group was formed as a burlesque troupe in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin, going on to release hits such as Don’t Cha, Buttons and Stickwitu. 

Nicole said the five-piece would thrive in the crowded industry, with Westlife, Steps and the original Sugababes among the raft of bands getting back together.

The X Factor: Celebrity judge said: ‘If we feel any pressure, we love pressure. We are really good under pressure.’

Inspired: Their reunion was partly inspired by the Spice Girls successful tour earlier this year, as the women claimed that they felt the series of shows was 'inspiring'

Inspired: Their reunion was partly inspired by the Spice Girls successful tour earlier this year, as the women claimed that they felt the series of shows was 'inspiring'

Inspired: Their reunion was partly inspired by the Spice Girls successful tour earlier this year, as the women claimed that they felt the series of shows was ‘inspiring’

Ashley also revealed she plans on taking her boyfriend, Italian Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, on tour with the Pussycat Dolls.

She said: ‘Giovanni is definitely going to come. Honey, yes. He is very excited to see us all up there in our outfits. I didn’t know him 10 years ago. 

‘He was in Italy and was aware of the Pussycat Dolls but it’s a whole different situation now. He is very supportive and, of course, he is going to be there at the shows.’

Split: The tour will kick off in April 2020, more than a decade after they split amid rumours of a rift over Nicole's dominant role in both the recording studio and on stage (pictured 2008)

Split: The tour will kick off in April 2020, more than a decade after they split amid rumours of a rift over Nicole's dominant role in both the recording studio and on stage (pictured 2008)

Split: The tour will kick off in April 2020, more than a decade after they split amid rumours of a rift over Nicole’s dominant role in both the recording studio and on stage (pictured 2008)

The couple met during last year’s series of the BBC show when Giovanni was paired with Faye Tozer and Ashley was paired with Pasha Kovalev. 

Earlier this year, Melody candidly revealed that she struggled during her time in the Pussycat Dolls because she wasn’t able to showcase her singing voice.

The Dancing On Ice star said that she found it challenging that the focus was on lead singer Nicole, who recorded all the vocals for the band.

During an emotive interview with Lorraine, Melody discussed her time with the girl group, which she found ‘tough’ because she couldn’t use her ‘best asset’.

Loved-up: Ashley also revealed she plans on taking her boyfriend, Italian Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, on tour with the Pussycat Dolls

Loved-up: Ashley also revealed she plans on taking her boyfriend, Italian Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, on tour with the Pussycat Dolls

Loved-up: Ashley also revealed she plans on taking her boyfriend, Italian Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, on tour with the Pussycat Dolls

She said: ‘The issue for me stemmed with getting into this group with this girl whose got this amazing Christina Aguilera style ability, thinking “this is going to be great”.

‘But then the gears shifted hard in a different direction. Nicole had been in two groups prior, she had a lot of experience. We were told, Nicole is going to do all of the recording.’

The girls were told they were the dances, and Melody said that it affected her confidence because she wasn’t allowed to sing.

Melody added: ‘It was really challenging, it was tough. i was the worst dancer and people were getting to know me for something i wasn’t trained in.’

The star said she found it especially hard because it was her first gig straight out of high school, and after nailing her first ever audition fame came fast and it was a lot to take in.

Tickets for the Pussycat Dolls’ reunion tour go on sale on Sunday December 1.

Struggles: Earlier this year, Melody candidly revealed that she struggled during her time in the Pussycat Dolls because she wasn't able to showcase her singing voice (pictured in 2009)

Struggles: Earlier this year, Melody candidly revealed that she struggled during her time in the Pussycat Dolls because she wasn't able to showcase her singing voice (pictured in 2009)

Struggles: Earlier this year, Melody candidly revealed that she struggled during her time in the Pussycat Dolls because she wasn’t able to showcase her singing voice (pictured in 2009)

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