Cee Lo Green has opened up about the history of his smash-hit Don'T Cha, revealing he had to break it to protege Tori Alamaze that he would not be recording the tune with her.
Alamaze recorded the track as her debut single in 2005, but record executives refused to release it and instead suggested Green give the tune to the Pussycat Dolls.
The Crazy singer admits it was a difficult call to make, but he's now glad the Dolls recorded the tune.
He says, "I gotta say, in all honesty, she (Alamaze) wasn't necessarily the Don't Cha girl. Tori's not like that; she's just a cool, kinda easy-going girl. She's, like, bohemian, she's, like, neo-soul.
"Everyone was expecting this kinda creature of a woman, like Grace Jones... but Tori's just kinda a cool girl... We got her signed but the deal didn't go through all the way.
"They were like, 'Yo, we love the record, we love you... we want to stay in business with you. We got this idea...' and they sent me a picture of the Pussycat Dolls and I was like, 'Yeah! Alright. I feel you.'"
But Green admits he and his one-time protege are still close: "We're still friends.'"
Years later, Green had to do the same thing - and pull himself out of the running for a hit.
In a recent taping of VH1 show Storytellers he revealed he felt one track was a better fit for songwriting partner Bruno Mars: "Just The Way You Are was written for me and The Other Side was written for me, but I didn't feel that any of those songs worked for me. Just The Way You Are worked better for Bruno the same way Forget You (another song they wrote together) works for me."