Asia Nitollano was supposed to be a member of The Pussycat Dolls. But she bailed on the group after winning a reality show. For shame.

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As everyone knows, Asia Nitollano won Pussycat Dolls: The Search for the Next Doll.

But what about two of the top contenders for that title? Here are a pair of updates on them:

Runner-up Melissa Reyes (pictured) was recently a special guest at a Northern California dance contest in Hayward, CA. She gave a special pre-show performance before the competing group and exhibition dances took the stage. Fans loved it.

Chelsea Korka is working on her dance moves as she prepares for a gig with the Paradiso Girls. She says she's feeling both homesick and physically sick, but is working through it, and has a new boyfriend, which ought to help with any illness.

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This might not endear Asia Nitollano to all the critics who believed she should never have won CW's Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll in the first place:

The victor has officially turned down the group's offer to join.

CW head Dawn Ostroff says Asia quit to pursue a solo career. This might explain why Nitollano was a no-show for the Dolls' performance at the big Live Earth concert earlier this month. It also should fuel fans' ire toward the singer, someone who receives as many hateful comments on The Hollywood Gossip as Simon Monjack and Spencer Pratt.

Asia Nitollano won the search for the next Pussycat Doll over Melissa Reyes. But she won't be accepting the group's offer to actually join it.

Ostroff broke the news at a press conference Friday. But she claims this doesn't make the network's reality show pointless. Another season is actually planned, although the nine finalists will compete to be in a new trio called Girlicious.

Fans have left comments all over our celebrity gossip blog, claiming that runner-up Melissa Reyes should have won the competition all along. Some believe Asia is a worse singer than Brooke Hogan.

This decision by Nitollano will likely make them even angrier. Instead of finding group success and then leaving to pursue her own career, like Beyonce, Asia thinks she can simply skip the first step.

Only time will tell if she's correct.

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Readers of The Hollywood Gossip are not afraid to voice their opinions. And we thank each and every one of you for that. Some of the issues you feel the strongest about are:

Greg Laswell rules.

Simon Monjack sucks.

One celebrity about whom voices are mixed, however, is new Pussycat Dolls member Asia Nitollano. Many of you think she's a great addition to the group. Others lament that Melissa was not chosen as winner of the reality competition that crowned the newest Doll.

While you decide on which side you stand - and controversy swirls over whether or not Asia will ever sing with the group - read a few of the reader comments left by those that have already made up their minds...

KALIMAH writes: I think that it is jacked up what they are saying about Asia. She won that contest fair and square. The girl has talent and she worked so hard. She deserves a record deal rather it be with the pussy cat dolls or solo. You dont fulfill someone's dream then take it away without a valid excuse.

TAMARA writes: all i got to say is that maybe they don't think shes fits becaause she looks and acts like the lead singer… i honestly think she'd be a better leader then [Nicole Scherzinger]…

supeRr-cOokiie writes: MELISSA SHOULD'VE WON! although she did look abit like nicole. melissa was hell good. i think she is a pussy cat doll! i didnt like asia! she was so mean! and chelsea was alright. but melissa should've won! PCD is just.. not cool anymore. lol.

KRISTIE writes: asia is a bad mother if she leave her daughter to go on tour she has a responsability now its not all about her!!!!!1 i feel sorry for her daughter having a mother like her. i wont be buying any albums if she is in them!!!!!!

* The Hollywood Gossip note: Wow, that's harsh. Wonder how Kristie feels about the fact that Britney Spears hasn't seen Jayden James in two or six months.

SARA MAY writes: I think that Melissa R should have won, she is a better singer and dancer, and she sims to come along with other girls better. I have also read that in the next season they are looking for members to form a new group, inspired by the pussycat dolls.

JEFF LOVES ASIA writes: Asia was the best pick for the Dolls, shes hot shes a great singer and that girl can dance. Chelsea tried to be too much like Christina Aguilera, if she wants to be her go sing back up with her or something. and Melissa R. was a good singer but she didn't make a good doll. Asia's got that sparkle.

So there you have it, celebrity gossip lovers. A mixed bag of opinions if there ever were any.

Write in and let us know where you stand on Asia. While you're at it, feel free to chime in on the Holly Madison vs. Carmella DeCesare nude debate, as well.

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Everyone is excited for Jessica Simpson to be hosting a party with the Pussycat Dolls tomorrow night.

Well, everyone except for Asia Nitollano, that is.

The winner of The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll was nowhere to be seen during a performance by PCD in Atlanta last week - and the celebrity gossip mill is buzzing with the possibility that she might never actually be included with the group.

Sources say Asia "isn't "the best match" for the group. Which is strange because, you know, she won the contest to be in the group.

This would be akin to Melinda Doolittle winning American Idol and then fans saying she wouldn't make a good singer.

Or The Bachelor, Andy Baldwin, choosing a mate and then not going through with the marriage.

Warner Bros. tells TMZ, though, that Nitollano "is absolutely a member ... and will tour with the group and record for the Dolls' second album."

Calls to the group were not returned. But things aren't looking so hot for Asia: the reality show has been green-lit for another season... and how many members can the Pussycat Dolls really need?

Also, TMZ spotted Robin Antin, the creator of the group, dancing with the runners-up on the series last night at the Stoli Hotel in Hollywood. It sounds to us like Katie Cassidy and Jesse McCartney have a brighter future than Asia and the Dolls.

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Jessica Simpson will soon be hosting an event with them.

And Nicole Scherzinger is their best known member.

But for now, Asia Nitollano is commanding the attention for The Pussycat Dolls. That's what happens when you conquer other wanna-be dancers/singers on. The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.

Buddy TV sat down with the recent winner ...

For those that might not know, how did you end up being on the show and what exactly inspired you to try out to be the Next Doll?
Well I've wanted to be a performer since I was a little girl. I've been dancing and singing my whole life, so that's my dream. And then when I heard of the opportunity, that they were having auditions for another member, I went straight for it. You know, anything to complete my dream.

Throughout the competition you talked a lot about your daughter being your inspiration. Did you ever have second thoughts while you were actually in the midst of the competition?
I mean, of course you always have your doubts and everything, but you always have to keep going and never give up, you know, that's how you get anywhere.

You and Melissa R. were definitely at each other's throats [in the season finale]. Was there always tension between you two throughout the competition, and why do you think things seemed to escalate as much as it did when it came down to the wire?

I mean obviously the fight didn't happen until the end of the show. There was no real tension before that. I mean, it was a stressful situation. It was a competition. You know, we all had different emotions and you know it was in the heat of the moment. We got into an argument just like how any group of friends would, or your brothers and sisters would, and then you get over it afterwards.

So do you keep in touch with any of the girls from the show still?

Yes I do. The girls are great. They're all really great people. I really became close with Brittany and Melissa S. You know we speak all the time and I speak to Jamie and Mariela and you know, the other girls we text message each other. We still maintain a relationship.

So how much pressure were you feeling going into your final performances?
Oh, it was so scary. Especially being one of the final three you know, because you know that you're that close and it could be any one of you at this point. And you know, you just…you want to hit it, you want to nail it; you don't want to regret anything. So I was pretty happy with how things went.

After you did your solo performance, how confident did you feel about your chances of actually wining the competition?

I always had confidence throughout the whole competition but I also knew that the other girls were really great competitors and were talented as well. So I knew it could be any man's game, and you know, whoever won would have been deserving.

There's a lot of anticipation waiting for the judges to make their final decision. What was going through your mind during that time period?

I was just thinking of all the people that I love, you know, my daughter, my mom, my family. And I was just praying that it was me that won. You know, I didn't want to deal with any more rejection. I just wanted to win it, you know?

So how did it feel on stage performing for the first time officially as a Pussycat Doll?

It felt great. You know that's what I came there to do. I couldn't wait to get on the stage with those girls and I'm happy I had the opportunity just to be next to these talented, beautiful women. And it was an honor.

Can you tell us what's in store for you now? What happens now that you've become the newest member of The Pussycat Dolls? What can fans expect?
I really don't know what's going to happen next. I just won. I'm taking it all in and I'm excited so we'll be speaking with the label in a few and we'll see what happens from there.

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