no more dolls for asia

this was only speculated previously, but not officially announced until today... awesome news, imo. it should've been either melissa or chelsea FTW.

Asia no longer a member of PCD, opts for "solo career"

The CW Press Tour was held today. According to TV Guide's Michael Ausiello press tour breakdown:

9:34 am: Ostroff reveals that last year's Pussycat Dolls winner, Asia, has opted to embark on a solo career, which, as one reporter points out, completely defeats the purpose of the show.

Pussycat Dolls Presents: Asia Nitollano's Future Plans with Group Revealed

July 20, 2007

As we reported earlier, Dawn Ostroff, the CW Network's head of programming, provided the assembled members of Television Critics Association with an overview of the CW's future programming plans at today's executive session of the CW Press Tour.

The purpose is to outline the direction in which the network plans to go, but during the presentation, Ostroff also gave an update on where the network has already been, namely on a Search for a New Doll.

That's right, it's time to put an end to all the speculation regarding Asia Nitollano, the newest member of the Dolls found on the reality program Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll. We now know for certain what her future plans are.

She is, as Ostroff reported, not actually going to be the next member of the group. However, Ostroff didn't add any fuel to the firestorm of rumors that she was kicked out for not being strong enough of a performer to really be a member of the group. Instead she stated that Asia will be pursuing a solo career. Whether this statement was diplomacy or reality, we won't probably know for some time.

This will be, no doubt, a major disappointment to Asia's fans (really? seems like everyone who watched the show hated her) who probably hoped they'd be seeing her soon onstage with an established group. If she is going to be trying to jumpstart a solo career, it could be a while before they have the chance to buy an album or see her live.

For other viewers of Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, this might actually be welcome news. Some internet fan polls indicated that of the final three, Asia was at the bottom of the list for viewers pick for the next Doll. Some didn't like what they perceived to be her bad attitude, while others felt that the other girls had better natural abilities.

Regardless of the fan response, a critic at the press tour asked the question that many have asked regarding the results of not just Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, but other competition shows like America's Next Top Model. What's the point of the having the contest if it ultimately doesn't mean anything? For now though, to the less literal-minded the answer is clear: the audience seems to still like the means (the competition) enough to ignore the end (ambiguous career development).

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

source: ask ausiello, BuddyTV