Nearly five months after reports of the project first surfaced, TLC's surviving members announced Tuesday (November 16) that they're staging a reality series to find someone to join them onstage and to record with them in the studio. The show will be called "R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli."
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas said they're ready to launch the next phase of their careers some two and a half years after the death of group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (see [article id="1453611"]"Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes Killed In Car Accident"[/article]). They completed the fourth TLC album, 3D, as a duo, and they played what was billed as a final TLC performance seven months after the album's September 2002 release (see [article id="1471369"]"TLC To Give Final Performance At New Jersey Concert In June"[/article]). So when news leaked of their deal to replace Lopes on a reality show (see [article id="1488694"]"TLC Looking To Replace Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes"[/article]), it came as a surprise to many fans. A source close to the show, which will be produced by FOX Television Studios and will air on UPN, stressed that they're not looking to replace Lopes, but are just inviting a performer to work with them on a one-off basis.
"We want to find someone with the right chemistry and magic to work with us," Watkins and Thomas said in a statement. "We have been blessed with great success, and this is a chance for our fans to join us as we give someone a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill their dream."
No airdate has been set yet for the series, in which cameras will document the group's eight-week search to find someone to perform with. During that period, which will likely start early next year, Watkins and Thomas will put the aspiring performers through a series of challenges in which they'll test, judge and eliminate candidates.