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Can You Sing? Want to be on a Reality Series?

By Rachelle Bowden in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 1, 2005 5:35PM

Casting tryouts are coming up for two reality TV shows that feature musical groups looking to replace a member who died. The groups? TLC and INXS. Let's here it for acronyms. And dead band members!

2005_02_r_u_the_girl.jpgR U The Girl features T-Boz and Chilli, the 2 remaining members of TLC, as they try to find a female performer to replace Left Eye who was killed in a car crash in 2002. Oh, wait. Replacing Left Eye? Isn't that what the girls promised never to do? You're right! And there was major fan backlash. So now they're saying the prize is a "lifetime opportunity" and that the winner will "join them in an upcoming concert and record with them in the studio." The Chicago casting call is Tuesday, February 8th from 10am - 6pm at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel.

2005_01_rock_star.gifThe INXS show, Rock Star, is bound to be better because it's not on UPN and also because it's producers are Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice, The Restaurant) and David Goffen (American Idol). Michael Hutchence, INXS's lead singer, committed suicide in 1997 and the rest of the band is now trying to find a new lead singer. The winner will go on a worldwide tour with the band and will record the group's new album. The Chicago casting call is Sunday, February 6 from 8am - 4pm at Shubas.

Reality shows like American Idol have shown us you don't have to actually know how to sing to try out for a show that requires it, but if you're more of the entrepreneurial, A-, as in asshole, type, you may be better suited for The Apprentice. Tryouts are Saturday, February 19th at NBC Tower. Wristbands will be distributed from 9am - 12pm and interviews begin at 10am.