Pussycat Dolls PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Scherzinger flashes her washboard abs as she joins the girl group for a VERY raunchy rehearsal ahead of their reunion tour and comeback single
- The girl band reunited to learn a new provocative routine for their upcoming single React on Thursday night
- Nicole Scherzinger put on a sizzling display as she practiced the moves and rolled her body during rehearsals
- Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Sutta were also seen dancing during the session
- During the night, they appeared to give each other notes and took a selfie with choreographer Robin Antin
They’re preparing for their hotly anticipated reunion tour of the UK and Ireland and to release new song, React.
And Nicole Scherzinger, 41, looked sensational as she flashed her washboard abs while rehearsing for the come-back shows and a new single with girl group the Pussycat Dolls in West Hollywood, California, on Thursday.
Bandmates Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt and Jessica Sutta were all seen brushing up on their moves as choreographer and the band’s creator Robin Antin taught them a new provocative routine.
Rehearsal time: The Pussycat Dolls were working hard in rehearsals on Thursday as they brushed up on their moves and learnt a routine for their upcoming single Reach (pictured are Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Nicole Scherzinger)
Nicole completely committed to learning the new routine for upcoming single React and was seen rolling her toned body as she flipped her long locks.
The girls were also seen watching their performances back and encouraging each other as they stood in a circle and evaluated how well practice was going.
During the hot and sweaty session they also chatted about their efforts and appeared to be giving each other feedback as they spoke in a semi-circle.
Giving it her all: Nicole Scherzinger threw her arms back as she shook her stuff in the sexy routine alongside bandmate Kimberly Wyatt, who donned a black beanie hat
Work it: Nicole, 41, looked sensational as she showed off her moves and flashed her washboard abs during the rehearsal
Notes: After rehearsing some of the moves the performers chatted about their displays while wearing gym clothes
At one point Ashley, who flaunted her toned physique in tie-dye leggings and a sports bra, used her hands to explain something to Nicole who seemed to be smiling back at her.
Carmit then embraced Nicole with a friendly arm around the shoulder as the beauties continued their chat and intense rehearsal.
The Pussycat Dolls, made up of Nicole, Carmit, Ashley, Jessica, Melody, and Kimberly, were formed in 2003 and went on to release big hits including Don’t Cha and Buttons.
Something funny? Ashley couldn’t help but giggle as she and Nicole exchanged some words
Feedback: The girls appeared to be making progress as they talked through the routine and caught up (Carmit is seen hugging Nicole as the girls chat)
Dinner break: Nicole managed to grab a quick salad during the rehearsal while dancer Carmit chatted to her and Ashley
Raunchy: Nicole put on an animated display as she rehearsed one of the moves (left) and flashed some underboob as her top moved up during a roll move (right)
Feeling it: Nicole looked sensational as she ruched up her white top and shook her peachy derrière while surrounded by the other dancing stars
All in time: The band looked fantastic as they worked a group section of the new routine
Lean into it: All five girls were incredible during one choreographed section of the routine where they leaned on each other
However, they disbanded in 2009 amid speculations of a rift over Nicole’s dominance in the group. But it appears the girls have seemingly put their differences aside and reunite as part of a mega comeback.
The group announced they were embarking on a reunion tour, which will kick off in April, with it coming 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.
All together: The band announced they were on hiatus back in 2009 but seemed to be throwing themselves back into their work during the rehearsal on Thursday
She’s got the moves: Nicole proved she can still nail a sexy dance routine despite it being 10 years since the Pussycat Dolls were last regularly performing together
Selfie time: The Pussycat Dolls made time for a quick picture with their choreographer and founder Robin Antin, pictured holding the phone, during the session
Talk it out: Ashley and Nicole took some time to discuss the dance routine for their upcoming single React
Getting sweaty: Jessica and Nicole (left) were clearly working hard with Ashley just visible behind as she dropped to the floor and raising one of her gym-honed arms into the air with Nicole (right) at another point in rehearsals
All dressed up: Nicole donned a pair of skin-tight black leggings with a pair of knee pads for the session as well as a bra which flashed her ample assets
Getting the steps down: Nicole seemed to be counting out the steps as an extremely toned Ashley watched on
Their reunion was partly inspired by the Spice Girls successful tour in 2019, 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.
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.’
Making progress: During the intense session the Pussycat Dolls watched a recording of their dance on someone’s phone
Toned: Ashley showed off her incredibly toned physique in a tie-dye patterned leggings and sports bra set
Risqué: Nicole put on a sizzling display as she suggestively moved her hands down her slim body (left) and flipped her hair around (right) while dancing
Looking good: Ashley lead the girls as she rolled her hips for the routine with Nicole and Carmit seen dancing around her
Looking good: Nicole and Kimberley (left) made sure they were dancing in time while Ashley (right) made sure had the moves down while watching her bandmate complete a step
Pause: Ashley added a long-sleeved sweatshirt to her ensemble while Jessica stuck with a t-shirt and leggings for the dance
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.’
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.
Not impressed? Ashley wasn’t best pleased (left) but seemed to be getting into the music as she danced (right) later on
Feeling the heat: Nicole and Kimberly shared a moment during a quick break where they laughed and smiled together
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.’
Ashley also revealed she plans on taking her boyfriend, Italian Strictly professional Giovanni Pernice, on tour with the Pussycat Dolls.
Feeling the groove: Nicole twisted her body as she put the finishing touches on her routine
She’s got skills! Nicole completed the routine with ease and wore a pair of knee pads to protect her legs during floor segments
Moves to remember: The beauty appeared to be deep in concentration as she picked up the fresh choreography
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.’
Ahead of their reunion tour, the band performed on the X Factor in November but many viewers were shocked by the performance which saw them writhe on stage in sheer bodysuits, push-up bras, latex and fishnet stockings.
Performing pros: Ashley and Nicole’s conversation appeared to be getting heated before they were joined by the other dancers
Discussion: During their rehearsals the Pussycat Dolls took a moment to catch up
Unsure? Ashley and Carmit didn’t look too impressed during the chat, but soon cheered up
Performers: Ashley, Nicole and Jessica all wore their locks down for the rehearsal in LA
Getting heated: Jessica rested a hand on Nicole during her chat with Ashley
Audiences took to social media to air their disgust, with one writing: ‘Nothing like soft porn to groom the next generation of girls. Disgraceful for a family show.’
Another added: ‘It makes me uncomfortable to see five grown women dancing half-naked on my screen.’
Some viewers contacted UK media watchdog Ofcom to complain, describing the performance as a ‘strip show’ while another was disgraced by ‘S&M style dance moves that wouldn’t have been out of place on an adult channel’.
Working in time: Ashley and Nicole nailed the moves as they reached into the air together and clicked their fingers
Giving notes: Ashley looked serious as she chatted to Nicole while Jessica watched them on Thursday
Getting ready: The band will start their UK and Ireland tour in April, with the first date sent for Dublin and last being in London
Putting in the time: Nicole entered at the rehearsal space with her supportive beau Thom Evans
In an interview with the Herald Sun on Sunday, the 41-year-old brushed off comments that it featured ‘S&M style dance moves’ and was more of a ‘strip tease’.
The songstress also weighed in on Melody Thornton’s decision to sit out of the reunion, saying that she ‘has other projects going on in her life’.
‘We’re not trying to upset anybody,’ Nicole said of the pop group’s controversial comeback.
‘Our true fans know our intention. Our real fans know we’re empowering and we come from a place of strength as singers and dancers,’ she continued.
Working hard: The group appeared to be in good spirits as they arrived at the rehearsal venue
Long time coming: It has been 10 years since fans have seen the group back together, with them reuniting for a provocative performance on the X Factor at the end of last year
Doing her own thing: Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton (second right), 35, opted to sit out of the reunion performance on the X Factor last year. The band are pictured in September 2008
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