TLC’s Chilli ain’t too proud to find love on television. The top-selling singer has teamed up with VH1 for a new dating show this fall. We caught up with the southern beauty to see how her series is different from other reality shows, why she’s open to men of all backgrounds and whether there’s any chance for a reconciliation with Usher.
ESSENCE.COM: Miss Chilli, you are on the prowl! How did you end up with a dating reality show? CHILLI:Our producer from TLC’s show “R U the Girl?” was fascinated by my outlook on men and thought I was too picky. Years later we developed a show to help me find someone. I was very clear it couldn’t be your typical dating show. I’m very picky and all women should be. I want to encourage women to fight for what it is you really want, and stand by that. Otherwise you will have a lot of heartbreak or will be left unfulfilled. When you bring a lot to the table, you can’t be with someone who is half-stepping. Read the rest of this entry »
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins is an interviewer’s dream. She’s a straight shooter, uninhibited and doesn’t hold back. Fresh off her stint on Donald Trump’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ which airs each Sunday on NBC, T-Boz talked about her departure from the series, the possibility of a new TLC album and what she thinks of bloggers.If you thought this Atlanta-bred singer made headlines with part one of my interview with her, then you’ll have to see what she said in our continuation. Read the rest of this entry »
—Raphael Sadiq commented on Tionne in his AJC interview this week…
> Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins. “When I first started watching Tionne and [her group] TLC, I remember being a fan,” he says of the Grammy-winning singer who has a duet with him on his solo CD “Instant Vintage.” “Then we decided to work together, and I did, like, a few records with all three of them. She has like the coolest voice man… the coolest girl.” (Thursday, March 26, 2009)
When the news broke on October 1st 2008 on TMZ.com that Tionne “T-boz” Watkins, was going to be a candidate on Celebrity Apprentice 2, a mix of excitement and skepticism arose. While it was a great opportunity to see our beloved Tionne on NBC on a weekly basis, the dire consequences was another reason to label her as a washed up celebrity for taking the reality television route. In actuality, if there was a reality show fit for Tionne, Celebrity Apprentice was definitely it.