Pussycat Dolls: One Show performance sparks 119 complaints

Group’s risqué appearance prompted a number of complaints to the TV watchdog

Roisin O'Connor
Tuesday 10 March 2020 09:08 GMT
Pussycat Dolls experience live TV lip-sync blunder on The One Show

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A live TV performance by the newly reunited girl group The Pussycat Dolls has received 119 viewer complaints.

The US act appeared on BBC1’s The One Show to perform their new single “React”, which involved a series of choreographed dance routines.

Some viewers apparently took issue with the dancing, as well as the outfits worn by each member, The Mirror reports.

The BBC issued a statement on its website defending the performance, explaining it worked with the group to ensure it was suitable.

“The Pussycat Dolls are well known for their dance routines and outfits and we announced at the start of the show that they would be appearing,” the statement read.

“Their performance then came towards the end of the programme, just before 8pm.”

The statement added: “As with all performers, we worked with the band to ensure their performance was suitable for the programme.

“We felt it was appropriate for the time slot and wouldn’t fall outside the expectations of most viewers. However, we appreciate that some viewers didn’t agree.”

The Pussycat Dolls performance on The One Show went awry after the group appeared to miss their cue from the backing track.

Despite frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger’s vocals being heard, the group remained with their backs to the audience for almost 30 seconds.

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Some members of the group could be seen sharing concerned glances at one another, indicating that they could not hear the song.

After half a minute of awkwardness, the presenters once again introduced the group, allowing the performance to go on as normal – with Scherzinger noticeably singing over the top of a separate pre-recorded track.

The Pussycat Dolls announced their reunion in November 2019, with the group returning to the studio to record a new album, ahead of a global tour in 2020.

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