Fox TV leads the hunt for new singer

UPN and Fox TV Studios will lead the search to find a new partner for surviving TLC members T-Boz and Chilli.

UPN has ordered eight episodes of the talent contest, tentatively titled “R U the Girl with T-Boz & Chilli.” Search will fill the void left by the 2002 death of TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

“R U the Girl” will follow Lopes’ TLC partners, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, as they audition a series of aspiring performers. The contestants will be handed a series of challenges and eliminated on a weekly basis.

Winner will record with Watkins and Thomas in the studio and join the duo on an upcoming concert tour.

UPN Entertainment prexy Dawn Ostroff said “R U the Girl” would make a perfect fit with the net’s young female audience, many of whom were big TLC fans.

“The viewers feel like they know them in a particular way, and also watched them grow up,” Ostroff said. “The death of Lisa was very public, and these two girls’ response to it was very public.

“This is an emotional journey these girls are on. They’re trying to figure out how to move on with their lives and their career in such a public way, which will be interesting for the viewer,” she said.

Producer Fox TV Studios is still in talks to bring on an executive producer; UPN hasn’t set an airdate for the show.

TLC, one of the biggest-selling female R&B groups in history, is known for hits such as “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls” and “Baby Baby Baby.” The group sold more than 33 million albums globally and earned four Grammy Awards.

UPN sibling CBS has a similar project in the works from Mark Burnett: “Rock Star” follows members of the hit group INXS as they search for a new lead singer.

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