BURBANK, CA It began with a nationwide search that drew thousands of women and now the field has been narrowed to just 10 potential superstars. Last Friday night's episode of The WB's new hit POPSTARS revealed the 10 talented young unknowns who survived cuts week after week for the chance to live out their dream of being a pop star.
On Friday, February 16, in a special one-hour episode of POPSTARS (8:30-9:30 p.m. ET), the drama unfolds after the 10 finalists are sent home with contracts to sign. The judges are faced with a devastating development when, just one step away from making the group, two women make the difficult decision that being a pop star is not the path for them. Viewers journey to each girl's hometown as they learn their fate and emotions run high as lifelong dreams come down to this one moment.
Backed by David Foster, one of the world's most successful record producers and the recipient of 14 Grammy Awards and an unprecedented 42 nominations, the five women that are chosen will begin working together as a professional group and recording their debut CD. The days are filled with advanced vocal training, grueling dance rehearsals, publicity photo shoots, and the challenge of naming the new group. The final episode brings the series to a dramatic close with the big event they all have been working toward their first concert.
Following is a list of the 10 finalists:
- Camille Guaty, 24, was born in Northern California and lives in New York. She waits tables while trying to fulfill her aspirations of acting and singing.
- Shaunda Johnston, 22, is a native of East St. Louis, Illinois. In addition, to her singing ability, Shaunda spends time writing her own music as well.
- Ana Maria Lombo, 22, was born in Columbia and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has been performing since she was 3 years old with her family's musical group.
- Jean Perlman, 19, is from New York City. She is a pre-med student at Columbia University but has wanted to sing and dance her whole life.
- Christina Petty, 19, is from the tidewater town of Hampton, Virginia. She traveled 10 hours by bus to New York City to audition for "Popstars."
- Kerrie Roberts, 19, is from Ohio and a vocal major at the University of Miami. She began performing in church at the age of 5.
- Nicole Scherzinger, 22, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Her mother taught her to dance the hula when she was a little girl.
- Ivette Sosa, 24, was born and raised in Edison, New Jersey and lives in New York. She appeared in "West Side Story" at the La Scalla Opera House in Milan.
- Rosanna Tavarez, 24, was born in New York and raised in Miami, Florida. She studied dance at the University of Michigan and at Ohio State University.
- Margaux Yap, 21, is from West Covina, California. She is a student at California State University, Fullerton and sings in a Christian pop group.
The group's debut album is scheduled for release in May 2001 on London-Sire Records in association with David Foster's 143 Records, both Warner Music Group companies. London-Sire's current roster includes All Saints, Pet Shop Boys, Mandy Barnett, Guster and Morcheeba. 143 Records (in association with Lava/Atlantic) is home to the multi-platinum Irish rock band The Corrs, Beth Hart and plus ONE.
POPSTARS is a Stone Stanley Entertainment Production.
Andrea Gruber (The WB Publicity) (818) 977-6009 5025