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Amateur Night with pros Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane

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I don’t really ask too muchfrom the artists that persist on my guilty pleasure playlist. The PussycatDolls have been in my good graces since the “Don’t Cha” days, and DanityKane recently won me over with the addictive “Damaged.” But I thinkit’s time for me to make one request: stick to the recording studios and flashy musicvideos and leave my primetime TV watching alone. Thanks.

I’m not the only one who cringed witnessing Danity Kanescreech through their performance on Monday night’s Nashville Star (above) — and according to your PopWatch comments, yourears were bleeding too. What made it all more of a train wreck was the factthat anyone who performed before or after Diddy’s ladies could and did singbetter than the girl group. Sure, Gabe Garcia might not be able to pull off thepleather jumper quiet like Ms. O’Day, but that’s what Celebrity Fit Club is for.

The Pussycat Dolls made thesame faux pas the week before on my summer love So You Think You Can Dance. Their jiggles and gyrations don’t comeclose to the beautiful moves of the versatile contestants who tackle theViennese waltz one week and master krumping the next.

Shield your eyes and ears on this one — Pussycat Dolls “When I Grow Up” on So You Think You Can Dance.

As American Idols sellrecords and SYTYCDancers take top spots in music videos and Broadway shows, canour manufactured, one-trick-pony pop stars still compete in this world of buddingamateur talent?

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