Fans of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will have something to look forward to when the series wraps up soon. That’s because “Don’t Be Tardy” starring Kim Zolciak and “The Kandi Factory” with Kandi Burruss are set to move in and dominate Tuesday nights on Bravo. On Feb. 28, network officials revealed details about the two new series and announced premiere dates for both, which are spin-offs of “RHOA.”
Kim Zolciak’s original series was called “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding,” but it’s been re-tooled and is now called simply “Don’t Be Tardy.” It’s only been a year since Kim’s million-dollar wedding to Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, but a lot has changed in the newlyweds’ lives. When “Don’t Be Tardy” premieres, their family grows even bigger with the addition of a fourth child, Kash Kade, and they’re working on remodeling their new home. Plus, Kroy and the Atlanta Falcons are enjoying an extremely successful football season with the hopes of making it to the Super Bowl. But as everyone knows, the path to success isn’t without some bumps in the road.
The Biermanns are living in tight quarters in Kim’s old townhouse, impatient for the seemingly endless construction to finish. Kim’s daughters, who’ve had their mother all to themselves for most of their lives, now have to share her with their young siblings. To make matters worse, Kim’s parents, who haven’t spoken to their daughter since Kim kicked them out of her wedding, are dragging her to court for visitation with their granddaughters. Kim refuses to let any of this bring down her spirits because as she says, “Just ask, believe and receive.”
“Don’t Be Tardy” starring Kim Zolciak premieres with back-to-back new episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m. EST and PST on Tuesday, April 9 on Bravo.
Immediately following, “The Kandi Factory” starring Kandi Burruss from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” makes its debut. The new reality series follows former member of the platinum-selling music group Xscape and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss as she helps 16 aspiring artists jumpstart their dreams of success in the music industry. Having written mega-hits like “No Scrubs,” for TLC and “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Bug A Boo” for Destiny’s Child, Kandi is a music veteran with an incredible eye for talent. In each stand-alone episode, she will put everything on the line by offering two singers with no industry experience an opportunity of a lifetime – to master the key elements that make a star and a chance to fulfill their dreams. Kandi recognizes something special in each of the contestants and through the process she hopes to discover the next rising star.
From rocky recording sessions to stumbling through choreography, the transformations that the contestants undergo are a must-see as the show takes viewers through the gut-wrenching process of their makeovers with Kandi and her team of experts – comprised of producer Don Vito, choreographer Victor Jackson, and stylist Kwame Waters. Don Vito, a sought-after producer, has worked on multiple genres in the music industry including Kim Zolciak’s breakout single “Tardy for the Party.” Victor is a Georgia-born choreographer who has worked on performances for artists including Lil Wayne, En Vogue and Chante Moore. With a stellar track record as a professional wardrobe stylist, Kwame is a personal shopper for some of the industry’s chart toppers including Perri “Pebbles” Reid, Tiny and En Vogue.
Each week, two winners who create a lasting impression on Kandi and her team will score the ultimate career break – an original song based on their personal life and written by Kandi herself, plus, a music video produced by her accomplished team.
The following are this season’s “The Kandi Factory” contestants and their respective hometowns:
- Kristin Duarte: San Antonio, Texas
- Garrison Bailey: San Diego, Calif.
- Bryan Bourque: Church Point, La.
- Matthew Cash: Chicago, Ill.
- Jennifer Chianesi: Cranston, R.I.
- Kevin Dancy: Houston, Texas
- Terrence Murphy: Macon, Ga.
- Mejgan Sediqzadah: Flushing, N.Y.
- Cory Singer: S.Plainfield, N.J.
- Logan Smith: Pittsburg, Calif.
- Lauryn Story: Houston, Texas
- Harmik Thomasian: New Britain, Conn.
- Lizzy VanPatten: Marysville, Wash.
- Darian Wilkerson: Houston, Texas
- Tasha Williams: Dayton, Ohio
- Brandon Wolf: Canby, Ore.
“The Kandi Factory” starring Kandi Burruss premieres at 10 p.m. EST and PST on Tuesday, April 9 on Bravo.
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