November 17, 2004 --

THE remaining members of singing group TLC Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas are creating a reality series aimed at replacing member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died in a car crash two years ago.

UPN has given the go-ahead to eight episodes of the project, titled "R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli," which has been in the works for several months.

Watkins and Thomas will put a group of aspiring female performers through weeks of rigorous challenges, narrowing the field to a winner who will join them for a concert and a recording session.

"We want to find someone with the right chemistry and magic to work with us," Watkins and Thomas said. "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."

It hasn't been decided if "R U the Girl" will premiere in midseason or the summer.

Meanwhile, top reality producer Mark Burnett is working with UPN's sister network, CBS, on a similar project that features aspiring musicians competing for the chance to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS, replacing the late Michael Hutchence. Post wire serivces