TV One is taking a cue from Bravo, whose “Housewives” franchise is one of reality TV’s most successful, and capitalizing on its highly successful “R&B Divas” with a spinoff: “R&B Divas LA.”
The lineup includes R&B and hip-hop singer, Lil Mo, who ironically turned down the opportunity to join the Atlanta cast originally.
“I got a call asking if I was I interested [in 'R&B Divas Atlanta'] and I really wanted to know who the cast was going to be – I mean Atlanta was cool but the type of artists they are, it just didn’t seem like a fit,” admitted Lil Mo. “I’m more hip-hop and R&B and that ATL scene just was a different vibe. Faith Evans was the most mainstream artist on there. So I wasn’t sure about joining the Atlanta one, but when the LA opportunity came around, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is more my style,’” she explained.
While the ATL cast doesn’t impress the “Superwoman” songstress very much, she was floored when she heard about the LA cast.
“The cast [of 'R&B Divas LA'] includes Kelly Price, Chante Moore, Dawn Robinson, Claudette Ortiz and Michel’le,” said Lil Mo. “I know a couple of people might make you say, ‘Damn. I didn’t even know they were still alive, but dammit when I saw the roster I was like, ‘Oh, wow.’ I’m happy to be in the company of some great singers.”
Lil Mo is being very smart with her brand and business moves these days. She said this show is just the platform she needs to make a return to music.
“I thought that coming back with TV would be the best way to introduce me as an artist and with music,” said Lil Mo. “I have a lot of things coming up – new album, new TV show, just a whole new life. It’s like I have been born again and the only one who could orchestrate this rebirth this way is God.”
“R&B Divas: LA” premieres July 10 on TV One.
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