It's early afternoon in MTV's Times Square offices, and the members of Eden's Crush are hungry and not just for fame and fortune.
"Can we get some food? I'm feeling faint," says Rosanna Tavarez, one of the group's three eerily similar-looking brunettes. A record company employee runs to get some potato chips for the famished girl group.
All five members of Eden's Crush look glamorous, but exhausted they've been on a non-stop promotional schedule since February, when they were revealed as the winning contestants on "Popstars," the reality show that spawned them. They released their debut album, also called Popstars, two weeks before, and ahead of them is nothing but more work, including an opening slot on 'NSYNC's PopOdyssey tour.
Eden's Crush comes to life, though, when the singers are called for a photo shoot they smile and strike supermodel poses with élan.
By the time they sit down for an interview, the group seems revived. Showing genuine camaraderie, they spontaneously harmonize on Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like a Bird," occasionally correcting one another on the lyrics. Their own single, "Get Over Yourself," is nearly as ubiquitous as Furtado's hit, having just slipped out of the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 after nine weeks on the chart.
Eden's Crush huddled with Brian Hiatt to discuss their future plans, how it felt when the cameras went off, and how they respond to those who dare question their origins.***
MTV: There were some women who voluntarily dropped out of "Popstars." It's stressful enough just to do the things you do, but you were doing it on camera. What was the closest you came to dropping out?
Ana Maria Lombo: It was a really hard process, because it was such a short time and we really had to pull together within hours to learn a song from scratch. Or they played a song for us three times and we had to go record it. Things like that were very nerve-wracking, but I think all of us are here for a reason and we're all troopers. We don't give up that easily, so personally I didn't really ever think about giving up or quitting. But yeah, it was hard and there was tough competition.
MTV: A lot of people who are starting to get some fame think, "Did I deserve this or was it just luck?" You guys won, beating out thousands of other people. How does that impact your self-esteem?
Ivette Sosa: All of us worked really hard before this. So it's not like we fell upon this and got lucky in terms of, "Oops, you're a pop star now." We were waiting tables, going on tour with different people.
Ivette: We were going to school. We were working our butts off. I think now because of that we take everything with a grain of salt. We take it one day at a time and we're very, very grateful for the things and the opportunities that have come to us.
MTV: How massive of an ego boost was it when you realized out of all these people you were picked?
Rosanna Tavarez: I don't think it was an ego boost necessarily. We felt very fortunate to be where we were because we saw a lot of those girls go through the exact same process. We knew how nerve-wracking it was. None of us were like, "Yeah, this is great."
Ana Maria: If anything, I think it was more of the pressure we put on ourselves. "Oh, you're picked now, you've got to work hard." The day after we moved into the house they put us with [producer] David Foster and he's like, "OK girls, we're going to see what we're going to do with you." It wasn't like, "Oh we made it, we're the sh-- now."
Rosanna: And we still don't feel that way. [RealVideo]
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