February 4, 2005 -- TLC, the all-female music group that's experi enced exhilirating highs and shattering lows, is looking for a new col league — with UPN cam eras in tow.
Producers for the upcom ing reality show, "R U The Girl With T-Boz & Chilli," will be here to morrow in midtown audi tioning TLC wannabes — but what they're not doing is looking for someone to replace fiery founding member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who was killed in a 2002 car accident in Honduras.
"We're looking for someone ex tremely talented with a great per sonality, someone who clicks with the girls," says executive producer Jay Blumenfield. "And who knows what will happen after that."
Lopes, along with Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, helped TLC win four Grammy Awards as the group grew into one of the biggest-selling female R&B acts in history.
Lopes was known as much for her off-stage behavior as for her on-stage talent — making headlines in 1994 when she torched the house of her then-boyfriend, NFL star Andre Rison.
Her life is being turned into a TV movie by Tracey Edmonds, the wife of recording star Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
"If you saw the bond the three girls had, you realize right away that Lisa is irreplaceable," says Blumenfield.
"What's going to make this show special is that it's coming from their hearts. You sit with those girls, and you realize they've been through a lot.
"You also realize they've bounced back and have shown resilience — they understand the joy of living, and they're funny and have a great sense of humor," he says.
"I think this will be the truth of what life is to T-Boz and Chilli — which is heartbreak and triumph."
In addition to tomorrow's auditions here at the New York Hilton (1335 Sixth Ave. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), "R U The Girl With T-Boz and Chilli" producers will visit several other cities over the next few weeks through the end of the month.
The winner will appear in a concert with T-Boz and Chilli, and will sing on an album track with them (details are still being ironed out).
"What's going to make this show great is that it's going to unfold to T-Boz and Chilli as it's unfolding to the viewer," Blumenfield says.
"Nobody is exactly sure what's going to happen — which will hopefully make for intriguing TV."