BARDOT - AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR...

With Katie Underwood's departure, will there be television coverage of Bardot's search for a replacement? Or not? Quick, give Darius a ring...

The future of BARDOT, the first Australian 'POPSTARS' band, has been thrown into doubt, after band member KATIE UNDERWOOD quit the group.

However, the group - whose attempt to crack the UK market stalled outside the Top 40 -
maintain that they will continue without Underwood, infamous for her
closely cropped red and then blue hair, as well latex jumpsuits and dog collars.

The split within the group, whose self-titled album and first single 'Poison'
both debuted at Number One on the ARIA charts last year, comes amid
persistent industry rumours of discontent within the group. The remaining four members of
the all-girl group will go ahead as planned with the release of new single 'ASAP'
in June. A statement from Warner Music states that Katie was "departing the group due to personal career opportunities".

Meanwhile, Australia's latest 'Popstars' group Scandal'us is embroiled in its own scandal. Their manager, Les Gock, has revealed that the group's vocals were "sweetened" on a televised live performance by the group. But amid miming accusations, Gock told Australian media that only "huffing and puffing" had been removed and taped backing vocals added.

He maintained that all lead vocals had remained live. "The band demanded that," he said. The group's debut album, 'Startin' Somethin'', shipped 35,000 copies and will undoubtedly reach Number One on the ARIA charts this week.

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