Who is the best prefab girl band? -- We compare The Pussycat Dolls and ''Making the Band'''s Danity Kane

By Leah Greenblatt
Updated September 08, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Who is the best prefab girl band?

You think all prefab girl groups are alike? There are plenty of ways to tell apart today’s two top Svengali’d pop outfits. (One has a redhead, one doesn’t!) See our breakdown below.

THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS

The Background Started a decade ago in L.A. as a burlesque troupe and morphed into a musical group in 2003, thanks in part to music execs Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine.

Sounds Like Girls who want to steal your boyfriend — with the help of breathy R&B come-ons, pole-ready rhythms, and lots of guest rappers.

Friends in High Places Said rappers, like Snoop Dogg (he cameos on ”Buttons”), Busta Rhymes (”Don’t Cha”), and will.i.am (”Beep”).

Staying Power They’ve sold 2 million albums on the strength of four singles, and have a makeup line, plus an upcoming reality show on The CW. But if head kitty Nicole Scherzinger decides to go solo, these cats may not have nine lives; the onetime reality contestant is clearly the vocal talent of the crew.

DANITY KANE

The Background Survive two seasons of backbiting and harsh critiques on Sean ”Diddy” Combs’ MTV reality show, Making the Band, and you too can be one of five Danities.

Sounds Like Bad girls doing their thing for Bad Boy. Which means slick urban grooves, showboating vocals, and a few crooning slow jams — all while wearing a lot of not much.

Friends in High Places Producer Scott Storch adds his Midas touch, while Yung Joc guest-raps on first single ”Show Stopper.” Then, of course, there’s Godfather Diddy.

Staying Power They debuted at No. 1 with a very respectable 234,000 sold. But did Making‘s previous winners, O-Town and Da Band, stay relevant for long? Not so much.

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