Xscape Singer to star in cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”
By Sentinel News Service
Published March 12, 2009

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Kandi Burruss of the 90s R&B group Xscape will join the cast of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," replacing fired housewife DeShawn Snow for the show's second season.

The signer-songwriter will join NeNe, Kim, Sheree, and Lisa on the popular program that became Bravo's highest rated freshman series since "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" back in 2003.

Burruss became famous with the platinum-selling girl group Xscape, which also included sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott, as well as Burruss' best friend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle (who's married to rap superstar T.I.).

As a songwriter, Burruss wrote TLC's 1999 smash hit "No Scrubs" and has also penned jams for Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Boyz II Men, Alicia Keys, and Faith Evans. The singer-songwriter has a daughter, 6-year-old Riley, from a previous relationship, and a boyfriend.      

The first season of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" was the second highest rated "Real Housewives" season ever, behind only season 3 of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." It averaged 1.3 million viewers per episode and scored the highest rated "Real Housewives" franchise telecast ever, with 2.2 million viewers.


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