(I am) Beautiful

I think I have a cool gig - listening to free CDs, chatting up rock stars and watching music videos all day. But the really cool gig, I just found out, is being a Pussycat Doll. Part of the opening for Christina Aguilera's Houston concert , the Pussycat Dolls are awesome. They have only one and a half recognizable hit songs, but for 30 minutes last night they held the audience spellbound. Even with one Doll out sick (Melody Thornton was absent - Get well quick, Mel, we miss you!), the lithe, long Pussycats were all over the stage, flinging their abnormally thin and sculptured body parts everywhere, flicking their flawless styled-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life hair in perfect time to the music. There was music, wasn't there? Yeah, yeah, there was music. Some music. Mostly there was just a lot of synchronized flinging and flicking.

Now I'm pretty sure I can't actually be a Pussycat Doll. Nothing about me is lithe, long, thin or sculptured. Oh, and I can't sing. That says something about the Pussycats, doesn't it? That the singing comes last. But it sure does look like a cool gig.


Houston got a much blonder Christina at Tuesday night's show.

About Christina's show - it was perfection. But you already knew that. From the opening "Ain't No Other Man" to the "Beautiful" encore, Christina was blasting.


Danity Kane, which went on before the Pussycat Dolls, were not blasting. At all. Funny. Pussycat Dolls/Danity Kane. Mass production girl group/mass production girl group. Talented singers/talented singers. Swarthy, sweaty confidence and fire/dull dud.


Back to Christina, she had a different outfit for each song, starting off with a blinding white tux, a white hat sitting on her white curls. Then it was lace ass-out black chaps. Then it was a, oh, who gives a damn what she was wearing. She was singing, for goodness sake.

Most of her set list was from her latest CD Back to Basics, but she did throw in a jazzed up and almost unrecognizable "What A Girl Wants." And not for nothing, she spent the entire night singing in her lower register. I missed those high notes. But with a ruthless touring schedule, it's understandable that she might not want to tax her voice any more than necessary. -- Olivia Flores Alvarez

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