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Pussycat Doll candidate out of lives Woman with ties to WNY falls short in TV competition

Chelsea Korka, the granddaughter of Gertrude and Stephen Korka of Kenmore, fell short in her quest Tuesday to become the newest member of the Pussycat Dolls -- a highly successful, all-female pop recording group.

In the season finale of the weekly competitive TV reality show, "The Pussycat Dolls Presents: The Search for the Next Pussycat Dolls," the 20-year-old Cooper City, Fla., native lost out to Asia Nitollano of Mount Vernon.

Both women were among three finalists competing to join the Pussycat Dolls lineup in the finale of the show that aired Tuesday on the CW Network, WNLO Channel 23 in Buffalo.

Korka, a singer and dancer as well as a waitress, was among hundreds of young women who competed to be on the show. That number was whittled down to 50, then finally to 19 who made it as contestants on the show.

Korka's grandparents told The Buffalo News on Monday that they were regular viewers of the show because of their granddaughter's presence as a contestant. Gertrude Korka, 89, said her daughter comes from a musical family.

"I was in music all of my life," she said. "My dad was, too. He was born in Indiana, and he brought that into the family, and we're all into it in some way."

Gertrude described her granddaughter, the former Miss West Broward USA 2007, as "lovable and down-to-earth."

The contestant's father, Craig, is a graduate of Kenmore-West High School, who several years ago moved his family to Florida.

"Even if she doesn't win," her father said Monday, "she'll still be a success."

The Pussycat Dolls are widely known in the pop music world for their live act, complete with sexy dance moves and skimpy costumes, and their platinum-selling pop radio hits, "Don't Cha (Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me)" and "Buttons."

e-mail: hmcneil@buffnews.com

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