Jordan Knight of the New Kids on the Block, the most popular boy-band of the early '90s, says that the Kids worked a little differently, even though there were also standouts in that group. He says that Donnie Wahlberg and he were probably the leaders.
"We were together for a long time before and after we were famous, like any family I would say. You really grow close," Knight says. "There's occasional spats, of course, but it's just like a regular family."
He admits to being the good-looking one in the group, saying that he was one of People magazine's most beautiful people at the time. But the Kids succeeded, he says, because it was a group.
"If I went out solo, I would have never reached the same level that the New Kids on the Block reached," Knight says, recognizing the importance of having different members with whom fans can relate.
Tamara Conniff says it's the same with the Pussycat Dolls.
"All the Dolls attract their own audience because fans relate and project themselves onto their favorites," she says.
So maybe Scherzinger's the lead cat, but if all the others were airbrushed out of the photo, the Pussycat Dolls may not be as successful as it is now.
ABC News' Emily Friedman contributed to this story.