Inaugural Oz 'Popstars' Lose Member

Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of the Australian version of the "Popstars" reality television series. Underwood is "departing the group due to personal career

Katie Underwood has exited Bardot, the group created in the first season of the Australian version of the "Popstars" reality television series. Underwood is "departing the group due to personal career opportunities," according to a statement released today (May 10) by the group's label, Warner Music.

"The remaining members of Bardot wish Katie every success for the future," the statement continues. "Belinda Chapple, Sophie Monk, Sally Polihronas, and Tiffany Wood remain as Bardot and will be releasing their brand new single 'ASAP' in early June."

The five-member girl group's first album, "Bardot 2000," was certified platinum (70,000 units sold) by the Australian Record Industry Association. A new album is due later this year. There is no word if Underwood, who began performing at the age of nine, will be replaced in the line-up.

The second season of the Aussie series has produced a co-ed group, Scandal'Us, whose debut single, "Me, Myself & I," topped the country's music charts for three straight weeks. The single is featured on the Mushroom album "Startin' Somethin'," and the group will tour in July.

"Popstars" has become an international phenomenon, with successful shows launched in the U.K., the U.S., Canada, and Germany, and series in development in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Latin America, Poland, Russia, and Norway, according to the show's official Web site.