R U the Girl

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R U the Girl
TLC-RUTheGirl.jpg
Title screen
Genre Reality
Directed by Tony Sacco
Starring Tionne Watkins
Rozonda Thomas
Composer(s) Craig Owens
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Production
Executive producer(s) Jay Blumenfield
Tony Marsh
Rozonda Thomas
Tionne Watkins
Producer(s) Kristine Augustyn
Sean M. Kelly
Richard Martinez
Editor(s) Patrick Fraser
Paul Frazier
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network UPN
Original release July 27 – September 21, 2005 (2005-09-21)

R U the Girl (also known as R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli) is an American reality series that aired on UPN in 2005. The series featured Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, the remaining members of the all-girl R&B group TLC whose former member, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, died in a car crash in Honduras on April 25, 2002. Initially promoted as a contest to permanently replace Lopes 3 years after her death by TLC themselves, both Watkins and Thomas admitted that the winner of the contest would not be joining TLC full-time and would not be a full-time replacement member; the winner would only provide guest vocals on a new single by the duo.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

The casting tour for the series began on February 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, with tour stops in New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Miami.[2] After the semifinalists were selected, they were each judged on their ability to sing by the remaining TLC members Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas.[3]

The program aired nine episodes, with seven episodes being the main episodes, the eighth episode being an overview of the series and original TLC's home videos, and the ninth being the series finale. The episodes' names are also puns based on TLC's songs. The finale episode was aired live and featured the final two contestants O'so Krispie and Mirrah.[4] O'so Krispie' (Tiffany Baker), a 20-year-old choreographer from Atlanta, was ultimately chosen as the winner and performed the single "I Bet" with Watkins and Thomas on the series finale.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "No Scrubs in New York City" July 27, 2005
1-2 "T-Boz & Chilli Get CrazySexyCool in Miami" August 3, 2005
1-3 "Baby-Baby-Baby, We're in Los Angeles" August 10, 2005
1-4 "What About Your Friends in Atlanta?" August 17, 2005
1-5 "Whoop De Whoo, It's Girl Talk" August 24, 2005
1-6 "Unpretty No More" August 31, 2005
1-7 "Chasin' Waterfalls" September 7, 2005
1-8 "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg for More" September 14, 2005
1-9 "You are the Girl" September 21, 2005

"I Bet"[edit]

"I Bet"
I Bet.jpg
Single by TLC featuring O'So Krispie
from the album Now and Forever: The Hits
Released October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
Format Digital download, CD single
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:23
Label Arista
Writer(s) Richard Butler, Melvin Coleman, Rozonda Thomas, Tionne Watkins
Producer(s) Melvin "Saint Nick" Coleman
TLC singles chronology
"Come Get Some"
(2003)
"I Bet"
(2005)
"Let's Just Do It"
(2009)

"I Bet" is a song by American recording group TLC. It was written by band members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas along with Rico Love and Melvin "Saint Nick" Coleman, with production helmed by the latter. The uptempo track features rapper O'so Krispie, the winner of R U the Girl, a 2005 UPN reality show whose purpose was to find a singer that would record a song with TLC.

Before Krispie was announced as the winner of the show, she and fellow finalist and eventual runner up Mirrah each recorded separate versions of the song, each contributing backing vocals and a rap that they had composed themselves. However, despite the Krispie version being released as a single, Krispie's songwriting contributions are uncredited on the single.

The resulting track was titled "I Bet," which was commercially released as a single in October 2005. The physical CD single sold 2,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while the digital download of the song has moved over 4,000. The record was later added to the digital reissue of TLC's compilation album Now and Forever: The Hits.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[7]
  1. "I Bet" – 3:23

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Now and Forever: The Hits.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levitan, Corey (2005-07-22). "TLC Will Not Be Three". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Steve (2005-01-31). "UPN's 'R U The Girl With T-Boz & Chilli' begins casting call tour". realitytvworld.com. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ Gallo, Phil (2005-07-26). "R U the Girl With T-Boz & Chilli". variety.com. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ Newell, Stefanie. "Mirrah: An Interview with Mirrah from UPN's R U The Girl with T-Boz and Chili". unratedmagazine.com. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ "O'SO KRISPIE IS CHOSEN AS THE GIRL IN "R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ & CHILLI"". thefutoncritic.com. 2005-02-09. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Ask Billboard: Answers to readers' questions about Pet Shop Boys, TLC, Salt-N-Pepa and a pop-leaning LeAnn Rimes". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  7. ^ a b "R U the Girl, I Bet". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 

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