The Pussycat Dolls Are Reuniting Without Melody Thornton

Pussycat Doll, Melody Thornton attends Lady Gaga's VMA after party at Avenue on September 13, 2009 in New York City.
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It has been rumored for some time that the Pussycat Dolls are reuniting, and the cat is finally out of the bag. The “When I Grow Up” songstresses will perform on The X Factor: Celebrity finale this Saturday and will embark on a U.K. & Ireland arena tour starting next April. However, one group member, Melody Thornton, will not be taking part.

The group Instagram account started posting for the first time on Instagram yesterday which has quickly racked up 48,500 followers.

The “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” hitmakers shared the tour poster to their social media accounts, which have their updated logo as the main focus. The pink, white, and black-colored poster has the members’ names at the top, but Thornton’s name is nowhere to be seen. Original members Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, and Nicole Scherzinger will be a part of the reunion.

In an interview with Chart Show TV earlier this year (via YouTube), Melody was vocal about not seeing herself participating in the reunion. She explained that she was told to “wait her turn” when it came down to laying vocals on future tracks, but that turn never came. Throughout most of the Pussycat Dolls’ heyday, she served as a dancer.

This morning, the remaining members did an interview on Heart FM to announce their comeback to radio listeners. Roberts explained there was unfinished business and that the reason they are getting back together now is that they are ready to do it 10 years later. They didn’t explain Thornton’s reasons for reuniting, however.

Since the announcement of the tour, their fans have passionately taken to social media to express their excitement.

“Amazing but we need a world tour! So glad you girls are back,” one Instagram user wrote.

“I love you! see you in London,” another follower shared.

“Dublin?! DUBLIN?! Give me the damn tickets woot woot,” a third fan remarked.

“The best news EVER!” a fourth user wrote, adding multiple crying faces emoji.

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The Dolls will kick off their tour in Dublin, Ireland, at the 3Arena on April 5 and will continue throughout the U.K., visiting cities such as Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Leeds. They will finish the nine-date reunion tour at London’s iconic O2 Arena on April 17.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, December 1.

The group hasn’t announced what they will perform this weekend on The X Factor but it’s very likely going to be a nostalgic set. When they first burst onto the scene, they achieved many hits around the world that included “Don’t Cha,” “Buttons,” and “I Hate This Part,” to name a few.

The “Beep” chart-toppers have signed a new major management deal with First Access Entertainment, joining the likes of Rita Ora and Zayn Malik.