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Sophie Monk's former Bardot bandmate Belinda Chapple producing series about girl group


Sophie Monk left girl group Bardot in 2002 amid rumours of bitter feuding in the band.  

And art may turn out to imitate life in the new Channel Ten television series, Paper Dolls. 

The show, which is co-executive produced by Sophie’s former Bardot bandmate Belinda Chapple, will document the rise of a fictional, manufactured pop group called Indigo. 

Star: Former Bardot member Belinda Chapple (pictured) is the co-executive producer on a new Channel 10 series called Paper Dolls, about a fictional, manufactured pop group called Indigo

Star: Former Bardot member Belinda Chapple (pictured) is the co-executive producer on a new Channel 10 series called Paper Dolls, about a fictional, manufactured pop group called Indigo

While the series may be fiction, there are several parallels in the plot to Belinda’s time in Bardot. 

Indigo has five members, as Bardot did, and they were manufactured on a reality show, again just like Bardot, who rose to fame on the Channel 7 series Popstars in 1999. 

Paper Dolls also features a character described as an ‘extra ambitious member’ who tears the band apart. 

Past: While the show may be fiction, there are several parallels in the plot to Belinda's time in Bardot. Pictured (L-R): Katie Underwood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk, Tiffani Wood and Belinda Chapple in Bardot in 2001

Past: While the show may be fiction, there are several parallels in the plot to Belinda’s time in Bardot. Pictured (L-R): Katie Underwood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk, Tiffani Wood and Belinda Chapple in Bardot in 2001

Sophie left Bardot in 2002 in pursuit of a solo music career, before heading to Hollywood where she landed work in the hit show Entourage, as well as films such as Adam Sandler’s Click. 

Ainslie Clouston, who is the show’s creator, said of the series: ‘We are so thrilled to bring the very exciting story of Paper Dolls to life. We can’t wait to unleash the glitter, grit, and all things pop-stardom from the year 2000 back on to screens.’ 

Filming on the Paper Dolls will begin in Sydney later this year, with the series set to hit TV screens in 2023. 

Memories: Indigo has five members, as Bardot did, and they were manufactured on a reality show, again just like Bardot, who rose to fame on the Channel 7 series Popstars in 1999

Memories: Indigo has five members, as Bardot did, and they were manufactured on a reality show, again just like Bardot, who rose to fame on the Channel 7 series Popstars in 1999 

Bardot, consisting of members Katie Underwood, Sally Polihronas, Sophie Monk, Tiffani Wood and Belinda Chapple, was the biggest girl band in Australia after forming on Popstars in 1999.

Despite having success with hit singles such as Poison, the group fell apart after just a few years and disbanded in early 2002.

Former members Katie Underwood and Belinda Chapple have both denied claims by the band’s former manager David Caplice that ‘infighting’ led to the break up. 

Plot: Paper Dolls also features a character described as an 'extra ambitious member' who tears the band apart. Pictured: Sophie Monk and Sally Polihronas in their Bardot days

Plot: Paper Dolls also features a character described as an ‘extra ambitious member’ who tears the band apart. Pictured: Sophie Monk and Sally Polihronas in their Bardot days 

Exit: Sophie left Bardot in 2002 in pursuit of a solo music career, before heading to Hollywood. Pictured recently

Exit: Sophie left Bardot in 2002 in pursuit of a solo music career, before heading to Hollywood. Pictured recently

‘I thought it was quite interesting, because I’ve found that it completely conflicted with my experience,’ Belinda told News Corp.

Belinda acknowledged that sometimes the singers would get stressed due to their commitments to the band, but said: ‘As far as infighting between us girls… it’s just not true.’

Katie added that women in the music industry are expected to be ‘smiles and rainbows’ all the time, while the men are allowed to have mood swings.

‘Now, do those same managers apply the same things to the proliferation of male bands?’ she said.

End: Despite having success with hit singles such as Poison, the group fell apart after just a few years and disbanded in early 2002

End: Despite having success with hit singles such as Poison, the group fell apart after just a few years and disbanded in early 2002

Bardot was set to reunite in 2020, minus Sophie Monk, but it didn’t end up happening.

Katie explained it was hard because ‘everyone is at different stages of their life’ and have families and other commitments.

Also in 2020, former manager David Caplice claimed Bardot split following an ‘explosive’ backstage bust-up before their Mardi Gras performance in 2002.

Denied: Former members Katie Underwood (pictured) and Belinda Chapple have both denied claims by the band's former manager David Caplice that 'infighting' led to the break up

Denied: Former members Katie Underwood (pictured) and Belinda Chapple have both denied claims by the band’s former manager David Caplice that ‘infighting’ led to the break up

The manager told News Corp at the time that things became ‘adversarial’.

‘I remember the girls became very adversarial to each other towards the end, when envy and infighting was out of control,’ he said.

‘That explosive encounter was the death blow for the band. Bardot could have been the biggest girl band in the world’.

Doing her own thing: Bardot was set to reunite in 2020, minus Sophie Monk, but it didn't end up happening

Doing her own thing: Bardot was set to reunite in 2020, minus Sophie Monk, but it didn’t end up happening

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