I finally felt like watching the screener for The Kandi Factory, Kandi’s new spin-off that premieres on Tuesday at 10 p.m. If you watched the previous version of The Kandi Factory this season is a little different. Each one hour episode is a stand-alone show where two hopefuls compete head to head for their own single and music video. I suppose it is “theirs” until Kandi decides to remove it from Tunecore like she did the winner of season one. The season will consist of 16 contestants pairing off against each other over 8 episodes.
On the premiere episode Lauryn Story is battling against Darian Wilkerson, both are from Houston Texas. Lauryn is a super cute pageanty black girl next door type. Her “twist” is that she is an aspiring country singer. You would think that Kandi would go hard with that genre since she wants to sing country herself. However, the song that Kandi writes is a pop song. I’ve already forgotten the name of the song, but I can hear the beat in my head. It’s pretty catchy.
Lauryn’s competition is Darian, a super skinny gay guy with a purple Mohawk and a sort of rock-n-roll edge. So essentially the show seems to have a theme of unconventional black artists who don’t fit the stereotypes of edgy, sexy female or rapper/hip hop dude. Darian has tattoos. One of his tattoos is all down his inner arms and reads, “Don’t forget, I am the shit!” as sort of a daily affirmation for himself. If you need to read a tattoo on your arms everyday reminding yourself that you are special, you might not be read for an up beat club song about being a winner. But that is what he gets.
I didn’t like either song when Kandi presented them. At least one of the artist also did not like his/her song. On the first run through of the songs, it does not go well for anyone. Kandi’s “team” includes Don Vito (producer) Kwame (stylist) and Victor (choreographer). The team is not impressed. The team has no problems telling either one that they suck. Darian struggles with lyrics and Kandi realizes that clean-cut Lauryn isn’t down for edgy, provocative songs. The makeovers are probably what will have you guys talking. Derek J does a fabulous job with the hair on both contestants, but the wardrobe…well, I will wait until you see that before commenting. Things seem even more dire as a dispute flares up between one of the artists and Victor. The studio scenes don’t go much better as the team tries to draw out the best in both contestants. However, by the time the showcase comes around, in true reality show fashion both performances come off great, except for one disastrous must-see moment! To me, it seemed like the winning song was lip synched. I’m just saying.
In the previews we get to see Rueben Studdard show up to the Kandi Factory. The previews went by faster than my brain could register, but I did notice a fist fight in the studio between Don Vito (I guess, it was someone in the studio) and one of the male contestants so there will be plenty of ghetto moments in the future.
So should you watch it? Well, how much do you like musical competition shows? Are you a big fan of Kandi? If so, you will probably like it. It’s not a bad way to while away an hour. You will spend the first 75% percent of the show wondering if either kid will win. Both contestants cry while trying to get it together. One overcomes a major catastrophe. I say watch the first episode on Tuesday and then come back here and tell me what you thought.