(I am) Beautiful

Categories: Live Shots

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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