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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.’
The girlband – who sold more than 54 million records between 2003-2010- went their separate ways amid a large-scale feud with Nicole.
Now Nicole, 41, has candidly discussed her fight against the eating disorder bulimia at the peak of the Don’t Cha band’s fame, while at the same time bandmate Jessica, 37, battled alcoholism.
Speaking to The Sun, The X Factor judge Nicole said: ‘I hid it from the world. I was extremely ashamed. When you’re battling your own demons and insecurities, it’s not something you want to share with other people.’
When asked what’s changed over the past ten years, the girls said on Heart Radio on Thursday: ‘babies and marriages’.
Carmit said on air: ‘Well between us there’s four kids. Kim’s got three she’s just literally had one six weeks ago, look at her. We’re women, you know we’ve grown, we’ve all had such extraordinary experiences and lives, and Jessie’s just got married too.’
Tickets for the Pussycat Dolls’ reunion tour go on sale on Sunday December 1.