R&B Group TLC Looks for Their Missing L on UPN

by Shazzer

FansofRealityTV.com Grammy-winning, R&B "Super Group" TLC will spend the hot summer on UPN, hunting down a suitable replacement for Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died tragically in a 2002 car accident. The unscripted show with the lingo-heavy title, "R U the Girl with T-Boz & Chilli" will begin airing on July 6, and promises to follow survivors Tionne and Rozonda on an emotion-filled, comedic talent search for that special someone to toss into the TLC trail mix.

Scheduled to run for nine weeks and lead into the fall season of "America's Next Top Model", "R U the Girl" will showcase eight finalists in a series of performance-related challenges, all leading up to an exciting chance for the final winner to perform live with TLC and record a single for an upcoming greatest-hits set. Past number one hits for the group include their break-out, "Baby-Baby-Baby" from 1992, and their most recent, "No Scrubs" from their 1999 album, "FanMail".

Both surviving group members insist they're not looking to "replace" Lopes per se, but want a bridge to the "next stage of their careers." Does this indicate future TLC group efforts, or merely a leap to solo careers? That remains unclear, but either way, the show is sure to provide a boost, and entertain ardent TLC fans on the way.

Watkins and Thomas will help produce their own show, promising hilarity and downhome shennanigans for fans familiar with former TLC reality stints, such as an itty bitty "Hotlanta" bit on MTV a few years back, showcasing both singers' Atlanta roots. Also prodding along the production, are executive producers Jay Blumenfeld and Anthony Marsh ("The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott," Showtime's "Family Business"). Tune in on July 6, when the potential auditions begin, and we get a view of the previously untapped audition market: really bad rapping.