Founded in 1993 by choreographer Robin Antin (6 July 1961), the Pussycat Dolls started life in Hollywood, California as an all-female burlesque dance troupe. Antin and her group of dancers (led by Carmen Electra) established a residency at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, performing an innuendo-laden but old-fashioned striptease burlesque routine that steered clear of nudity or explicit sexual references. The success of the show led to a constant stream of requests for the troupe to perform on television and in advertising campaigns and movies. Over the years a number of celebrity performers appeared with the troupe, including Christina Aguilera, Nikka Costa, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Christina Applegate, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Brittany Murphy.
In 2003, Antin decided to reinvent the Pussycat Dolls as a musical project and held a number of open auditions to find new singers and dancers. The line-up coalesced around former...