"When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls is featured on Just Dance 2.

The Dancers and Background


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The song starts with a grown-up celebrity. She's wearing an aqua and purple dress. Her hair and sunglasses appears to be aqua too, and she's wearing a purple hat, one purple glove (the other is hot pink) as well as light blue high-heels. She's standing "on" The Red Carpet and around her there are paparazzis, palm trees, railings and it might be glowing lights from a city.


Every time "When I grow up" is sung the lady "turns" into a teen/kid in her room who wishes to become famous when she grows up. She's in fact wearing the same accessories as her adult-form but instead of a dress and high-heels, she's wearing an orange t-shirt with matching shorts, plain white shoes with purple socks. A feather boa has been added, and her hair and glasses are orange like her clothes. Her room is displayed as very orange, a window with curtains can be seen, a bed, an armchair/sofa with lots of cuddly toys, a bed with a dolphin on it and a clothes-hanger. Also, a Raving Rabbid appears on the couch as one of the stuffed animals.

Alternate Dances/Contest Winners

There was a contest held which let fans choreograph their own dances to "When I Grow Up". Three winners got their dances recorded (the winners were dancing themselves) and added into the game as Alternate routines.

Contest Winner 1
Sam's Dance


Sam (?)



Number of Gold Moves


Pictogram Color

Light Green

Glove Color


Pictogram Count


Contest Winner 1

The first winner was Sam from France. He is wearing:

  • A yellow cap
  • A green hoodie
  • Blue pants
  • White and green sneakers.

Contest Winner 2


Mandy Davies


The United Kingdom

Number of Gold Moves


Pictogram Color


Glove Color

Hot Pink

Pictogram Count


Contest Winner 2

The second winner was Mandy Davis from the UK. She is wearing:

  • A hot pink dress
  • A light blue jacket with short sleves
  • A very dark purple belt
  • Since her hair is Blonde the special effects make her hair white in-game. The same thing happened to her shoes which, apparently, are very light pink.

Contest Winner 3


Liana Veda


The United States

Number of Gold Moves


Pictogram Color


Glove Color


Pictogram Count


Contest Winner 3

The third winner was Liana Veda from the U.S. She is wearing the following:

  • A hot pink tank top and warmers
  • A dark purple short skirt
  • Orange leggings
  • Dark shoes.
  • Her hair and hat are purple.

Gold Moves


There are 3 Gold Moves in the Classic routine:
Gold Move 1: Put your hands in the air.
Gold Move 2: Do a dramatic fainting position.
Gold Move 3: Pull up your hands a little and rotate the upper part of the body.


The routine by Sam has 4 Gold Moves:
All: Open your legs and your arms and raise them up (similar to Fame).


The routine by Mandy has 2 Gold Moves:
All: Slide your right arm in a semicircle and slide your left hand on it.


The routine by Liana has 2 Gold Moves:
Gold Move 1: Akin to Sam's Gold Moves, but standing on the left side.
Gold Move 2: Put your right arm up while bending your right leg.

Appearances in Mashups

When I Grow Up is featured in the following Mashups:


When I Grow Up appears in Puppet/Party Master Modes. Here are the captions attributed to her dance moves:

  • Cutie Pie
  • Pick And Choose
  • Posh
  • Posh Pose


  • This is The Pussycat Dolls' first song on the series; it is followed by Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny) on the Best Buy Edition of the same game.
  • Along with Holiday, S.O.S and Song 2, this is one of the first four songs to feature a transforming dancer. She is also the first dancer to completely transform for a significant amount of time.
  • The beta version of the song had a different colour scheme. It can still be seen in the Just Dance 2 bubble.
  • The teenager closely resembles Eye of the Tiger.
  • This is the first song in the series to have alternate routines.
  • When I Grow Up originally had a different choreography.
    • You can find information about it here.
  • For the contest winners, when they start recording with outfits on, in the real world, it has a different color scheme. This was probably done to make it look more colorful and bolder.
  • Groupies is not censored, although it could refer to sexual innuendos.
  • As of its release date, this song had the most alternate routines. It was later beaten by Where Have You Been.
  • This is the first song to have alternate versions. The second was seen a game later and has become a common feature in every subsequent sequel.
  • The silhouette of the chorus dancer appears in the Multiplayer menu of Just Dance Wii, even though the song is not playable in that game.
    • Perhaps it was supposed to be there at one point.
  • The Alternate choreography by the third contest winner uses a move from Bad Romance Alternate. It's very possible Bad Romance didn't recycle any move, but When I Grow Up did it from the music video for Bad Romance.
  • Summer reuses the move from alternate routine by the third contest winner.
  • The alternates are the only routines with score but no stars in the game; this happens later in Tutorial Mode of Just Dance Wii 2.
  • The back of the PAL cover of the game mistakenly says the song is covered by The Hit Crew.
  • The avatar is supposed to be wearing sunglasses like its coach, but instead it is wearing glasses.
  • You Make Me Feel... reuses a move from the 3rd contest winner.



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