Sophie Monk Spicing Up Cosmopolitan Australia

Monk’s professional music career began in 1999 when she responded to an advertisement at the recommendation of her mother which requested girls with vocal and dance experience. The advertisement was for the Australian television series, Popstars, a TV talent show which aimed to create a successful new girl group. Monk, who has been trained in classical and pop singing and has been performing since she was eight years old, drove all night to audition. In one audition, she performed a rendition of Marilyn Monroe’s famous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”, working on her previous experience as a Monroe impersonator at Warner Bros. Movie World. After numerous rounds of singing and dancing workshops, Monk was selected as a member of the group, which was named Bardot.Bardot became the first Australian act to debut at the #1 position with both its debut single, “Poison”, and self-titled debut album. Further singles “I Should’ve Never Let You Go” and “These Days” followed and in August, the group embarked on its first national tour. Bardot performed at the 2000 ARIA Awards at which they were nominated in three categories.

In July 2001, the group released “ASAP”, the first single from their second album. Bardot now had more control over their music and image. The single peaked Top 5, as did follow-up single, “I Need Somebody”, their most successful single since “Poison”. The second album, Play It Like That debuted at #16, achieving gold status. Monk co-wrote the album track “Feel Right” with fellow bandmate Sally Polihronas. In 2002, final single, “Love Will Find A Way” completed Bardot’s string of consecutive Top 20 hits and the group embarked on its second national tour. In May, the group disbanded.

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