[Natasha Slayton, Paula Van Oppen, Lauren Bennett, Simone Battle Natalie Mejia and Robin Antin]
Another day, another Pussycat Dolls member shakeup.
The latest change in the soon-to-be relaunched pop group sees Amanda Branche (aka “the token black girl” as I called her in my recent rundown of the group’s new lineup) getting kicked to the curb and replaced with X Factor star Simone Battle.
Although not officially announced yet, the latest PCD lineup looks pretty certain after Robin Antin and the girls staged a fake paparazzi shoot in Manhattan last week. There’s also been multiple pics of the new lineup popping up all over the web, and Simone inadvertently confirmed that she’s now working with Robin Antin by Instgramming this screencap.
Anybody who watched the last season of the US X Factor will no doubt remember the 23-year-old Battle, who made it through to the top 17 girls before getting the chop. For those who fortunately missed the show, Battle basically came across as an overconfident and blatantly ambitious L.A. bimbo with good looks and an average voice, which makes her a perfect fit for PCD.
Funnily enough, Simone showed her diverse musical palette by performing PCD’s “When I Grow Up” for her X Factor audition song.
Fate? Destiny? You tell me.
The new PCD looks pretty much complete right now. There was always something a bit off about the last fifty-trillion lineups, but this one looks like Antin has finally found the winning formula for pussy-popping success.
Now we just need to pray that the music is good. I elect that they record an English-version of Nine Muses’ “News”. That would slay and make me a PCD stan for life.