Pop Group Pussycat Dolls Sizzle in Seoul
By Cathy Rose A. Garcia
The Pussycat Dolls lived up to the hype of being the ``sexiest girl group in the world'' during their ``Doll Domination'' concert in Seoul, Saturday night.
Deafening screams greeted The Pussycat Dolls when they finally made their entrance at the Olpark Soccer Stadium, Olympic Park.
Wearing glittery skimpy outfits that showed off their tanned and toned bodies, the Dolls rocked the stage with ``Taking Over the World'' and ``Beep.'' Fans appeared to quickly forgive the Dolls for the nearly 30-minute gap between the main concert and the opening acts, K-pop group After School and Son Dambi.
``For the first time ever in history, The Pussycat Dolls are in Seoul,'' lead singer Nicole Scherzinger said.
Throughout the concert, the Dolls showed their trademark sexy but powerful dance moves and seemingly endless energy. Fans were jumping, screaming and dancing to the Dolls' hit songs like ``I Don't Need a Man,'' ``Buttons,'' and ``Wait a Minute.''
However, only four members of the Dolls performed at the concert and Melody Thornton was only on stage for a few numbers since she injured her knee. Another member, Jessica Sutta, did not make it to Seoul.
``We missed Jessica tonight, but Melanie's beautiful voice and spirit are still here. We'll try to make this the most magical, epic performance in Korea. Let's do it together,'' Scherzinger said.
Scherzinger dominated the stage with her charismatic presence and strong voice, performing two solo numbers, including ``Halo.''
Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt performed a sultry burlesque dance number, while Thornton sang. The Dolls was originally a burlesque dance troupe formed in 1995 by choreographer Robin Antin in Los Angeles.
While Scherzinger, Roberts and Wyatt gave energetic performances during the show, there were times when the stage felt bare because of the lack of backup dancers and effects.
The Dolls also invited two lucky female fans on stage for a dance battle, and asked the audience to decide which one gave a better performance of ``Bottle Pop.''
``Thanks for rocking out with us tonight. Thanks to all the fans. Without you, we won't be up here fulfilling our dreams and doing what we love… Saranghaeyo (We love you),'' Scherzinger told the crowd, before the Dolls ended the one-hour concert with ``Stickwitu.''
They had barely exited the stage, when the crowd started clamoring for an encore. The Dolls came back out to perform their hit song ``Don't Cha,'' and ``Jai Ho (You are my destiny),'' before finally finishing with ``When I grow up.''