'The Kandi Factory' Premiere Recap: A Total Wipeout

Kandi Burruss

As a Real Housewife, Kandi Burruss has always been sweet, but not all that interesting on her own ... if we're being honest. And that's pretty much exactly what her new show, The Kandi Factory, is like. It debuted on Bravo tonight, and I hate to say it, but it was beyond disappointing.

The premise alone was challenging as we've been inundated with a nonstop stream of singing competition shows in recent years. Every time a new one launches, I cringe thinking about who they could have possibly dug up that hasn't already tried out for one of the many other shows. But they always come up with someone.

Kandi came up with 16, and each week, two are pitted against one another to see who can be made into a famous singing sensation. The winner of each episode gets their song (written for them by Kandi) released and a video.

Tonight it was Lauryn, an innocent 21-year-old virgin, against Darian, an insecure gay man. Both started out sucking big time, which I'm sure will be a theme in the show so that the talents of Kandi and her staff can be showcased. As they teach them to dance and give them makeovers, we're left guessing who will be the winner after the big showcase day in which both performed in front of a live audience. We're also left wondering if any random person from the street could be turned into a singing star if only they had Kandi and company to work their magic.

Lauryn was up first and provided the only dramatic moment of the entire hour when she totally wiped out on stage. Her green shoes slipped, and down she went. To her credit, she popped right back up and handled it like a pro. Darian was up next and did his thing, which was ... fine.

Lauryn ended up winning, but by that time, I couldn't have cared less who won. Neither of them seemed to have an ounce of true star potential, and I just felt kind of sorry for Kandi and everyone involved. Kandi is truly talented, and this didn't seem to be the best use of those talents at all. Maybe the show will get better as it goes on. I'm rooting for Kandi, but that's probably not going to help.

Did you watch The Kandi Factory? Thoughts?


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Serab... Serabelle

Ugh, another singing show? So done! Plus, the winners can't count on getting anything, she's already screwing the winner of the pilot competition out of his winnings as well as suing Kim for the song she wrote for her. Kandi is boring, and singing shows are played out!

nonmember avatar Carol

I have to disagree. I don't particularly care for Kandi on RHOA, there are far more interesting characters on the show.. But I thought her new show is cute and fun. I adore Lauryn, and I think she has a lot of potential, although I doubt she'll be famous in 2 days. People are so negative all the time, and so caught up in TV, and don't realize that you're actually being an asshole.

nonmember avatar Chelsey

I think that the both we're good performers and have potentials. Lauren,u did good and yes I agree with kandi them,I like how u got back up and kept performing.dont feel bad celebrity's have mad a fall and got back up and keep on performing.so u did good girl:) Dereus Mod,u did a very good job wen it came to performing. And get out that self low esteem .u bush ur self off,and walk with ur head up high and believe,have faith that ur are a winner not a loser.(just because u did win doesn't make u a loser)I though u were awsome!and ms.kandi ,I Love ur show its good for the young people who think they got talent and also giving them a opportunity to show it ,not only show it,but express it.keep up the good work kandi and watch how god bless u even more....ur fan forever chelsey:)

Redd-... Redd-bone

Lauren,I would first like to say congrat.and I must agree with Kandi them .When u fail I like how u got up and kept on performing.celeberties fall all the time and keep performing like they didnt make a mistake.so I'm here to tell u ,it's okay.u did good,I mean very good.And Mr.Dereus Mod ,I'm here to tell u ,u not a Loser!u are a WINNER!u brush ur self off,walk with ur head up high,and just believe in The Lord.I really thought u were awsome ur performing was good ur make over was very stunted.and just because u didnt win,doesn't make u a loser becuz u r a winner in my eyes.may god bless u,and never give up on ur dreams.And Ms.Kandi I really love ur show it exspirial ur people with talent all over the country to get out there ms let their talent be heard and shown. It give them a chance to for fill their dream and that dream is to one day become a star .keep up the good work Kandi! And for u haters ,all smiles my way:)my mom say a smile ms ur kindness will kill a person.so I'm gone pray for u HATERS ..,,,........ Gud nite

bookslaw bookslaw

I find Kandi boring and couldn't bring myself to watch an entire hour of her so I didn't.

Ursa Worlds

I loved it...I don't know what's wrong with all the negative blogs nowadays.

Cathy Estright Stahlman

I like Kandi but her show sucked....sorry to say ......  I will not be watching again.......  blank stare

nonmember avatar sabine

The Kandi Factory is still new, so I’m sure it will take a few episodes before we can see the full potential. I like Kandi, and think she is a great singer and song writer. Hopefully with this new competition, will we get a new superstar Bravo could spin into a reality show? I missed the premiere episode of the Kandi Factory when it aired because of my new work schedule at DISH. I was able to catch up on this episode thanks to my DISH Hopper recording this episode for me. This is the only DVR capable of recording up to 2,000 hours of my favorite TV programs. Now, I can record the full season of the Kandi Factory, and the full seasons of my other favorite shows that air the same night.

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