Melody Thornton on her rise to fame, the Pussycat Dolls and her exciting new project

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor
Former Pussycat Dolls singer Melody Thornton opens up about her career success. Photo: Build Series Sydney

It’s been over 15 years since she shot to fame as the youngest member of the Pussycat Dolls, but Melody Thornton says getting to the top didn’t come without its challenges.

During an appearance on Build Series Sydney, the now 34-year-old spoke about auditioning for the US girl group that was vocally led by Nicole Scherzinger.

For Melody, singing came naturally, but it was the dancing element that she struggled with.

“I acquired this skill [of dancing] as a result of being in the Pussycat Dolls,” she told host Danny Clayton.

“It was tough stuff, because the girls, all of my bandmates, had been dancing since they were two or three years old and when I auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls, I was the only person off the street.

“When I say off the street, I mean straight out of high school, no experience in the industry, had never really been to Hollywood.

Photo: Build Series Sydney

“They were very much like, ‘We love your voice. You’re going to be doing a couple of hand movements, don’t worry about it’.

“Then we just shifted gears,” she continued, adding, despite the hurdle, she eventually mastered the fast moves to match the vocals.

“It was super challenging but I got through it.”

Even since leaving the group in 2010, Melody has used her love for music and dance to pursue a successful solo career.

She’s now looking forward to channelling her passion for performance in the new Rip It Up the 70s tour.

“I love music from the 60s and 70s,” she explained as the reason she was drawn to this stage production.

“My parents, they were kind of like in their prime in the 70s and my dad still uses 70s slang,” she laughed.

The production is still in the earlier stages, but she can’t wait for audiences to see what’s in sotore.

“We’re still working out the creative but I’m really grateful because they’ve been really open to whatever it is that I’d like to sing.

“I love the strings and arrangements from that time period so I think it’s going to be great.”

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