RHOA’s Kandi Burress Shares Why The Kandi Factory Is A Different Kind Of Singing Competition


Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi Burruss is one busy lady.  Not only is she a Grammy winning songwriter, she loves to stir the pot on her RHOA and hawk sex toys while hosting her own radio show.  I don't know when she has time to sleep much less star in her own spin-off!  The Kandi Factory premiered Tuesday night on Bravo, and Kandi is convinced that it's head and shoulders above other music competitions. 

Did you watch it?  The premise is different…and I like it.  Kandi mentors two talented singers and provides them with a song she's written to perform.  She and her team take them all the way through the recording process before naming one the winner of that night's episode.  The weekly winners then go on to compete against one another.  Who wouldn't want to get to sing a Kandi original?  (Don't answer that, Kim Zolciak!)  While I think the idea is awesome, honestly, I couldn't get into the show.  While the contestants were cute and kind of talented, I didn't find myself rooting for either of them.  Maybe I just felt bad when that poor girl fell, although she kept performing like a trooper–I'll give her that!

That said, I'll certainly give the show another chance because I do love me some Kandi


In an interview with Glamor, Kandi dishes on what makes her show stand out from other singing competitions, and she chats a bit about her engagement.  You can check out her discussion in its entirety here, but enjoy the excerpt below!

Tell us about The Kandi Factory.

Well, I’m super excited and nervous because it’s my first time stepping outside of Real Housewives. But The Kandi Factory is totally different, and it’s not even the same as other music competition shows. First of all, we have all original songs. I wrote each song specifically for each of the contestants on the show.

That’s so many.

Yeah, there were a couple of people who couldn’t pull off what I had for them, so I had to write up something else. So it ended up being more, but it was different, exciting. It was challenging for me, just as much as it was for them.

On most singing competitions on TV now, the contestants come out and sing a song, the judges say something, and that’s it.

Exactly. You don’t really get to see them behind-the-scenes and all that it takes to get them where they need to be performance-wise. We do song, stage show, look, and then they have to perform in front of a live audience, showing what they’ve learned that week—five days, not even a full week. I think it’s nice that you get to see the artist development process. People don’t even do that anymore. When I first came out, record labels actually put their artists in artist development.

Is there anybody on the show you think is going to be big?

Yes! I don’t want to give away who won; I don’t want to say names, but there were a few that I feel like have the potential to be big artists.

Do you like this new show better, or do you still prefer Housewives? I know it’s scary going off on your own.

Yeah, it's very scary! I love my own show obviously because it’s not about the drama—even though we do have drama. But it's not constant drama between me and somebody. Whereas Housewives, it’s always some back-and-forth BS. Sometimes that can be a bit much when you’re doing the same thing over and over again. But we do have a lot of fun. I love the trips we take and when we're acting silly. They show less of that stuff, but that, to me, is what keeps us going all those months of taping. Overall, I think Housewives is good for everything I’m doing outside of the show business-wise. It helps bring attention to my work, as far as Bedroom Kandi and my clothing boutique TAGS.

How are the wedding plans going (to Todd Tucker)?

We haven’t made any plans yet, but we did come up with a date that the both of us want.

You met through Bravo—did Todd have to quit when you started dating?

He did end up quitting the show. That was a big decision for him to have to make. He resigned, but then they came back and said they didn’t want him to quit. He still works with the same production company, but he doesn't work on our show. It wasn't that much of a conflict because he didn't work on set. He's in the offices doing budgets and stuff like that. I don’t think it was a big deal, but we kept our relationship secret at first because we didn’t know how the production company or network would think or feel about it.

And you didn’t want to call anything out until you knew what it is.

Exactly. He took a chance, and thank goodness everybody was supportive because it could’ve been the total opposite. For him, it was weird to then be on the show. He knows how you end up getting edited and looking stupid. He was afraid he would say or do the wrong thing.

As if all of her hard-work isn't enough, Kandi has even grander plans for her life, and that includes her dream wedding to Todd and expanding The Kandi Factory beyond our televisions.  She tells Hype Hair,“Next for me is to plan the wedding. I’m also setting up my artist development center so that we can open it to the public. I want to make the Kandi Factory available for people instead of just allowing the people who make it on the TV show to come.”

Not only is that a brilliant plan, it's going to be quite the money maker for Ms. Burruss.  Kandi is savvy beyond belief.  I wonder if she'd be interested in helping me pay off my student loans…


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