"Kandi Factory" delivers dreams and hit music in auto-tune

“Kandi Factory” was actually good on Bravo last night.

Kandi and her hit making team chose 2 aspiring artists, one a singer, the other a performer, and prepped them for superstardom in 6 days. Kandi Burruss developed the idea for the show after being told that if she could make a hit record for Real Housewives of Atlanta co-star Kim Zolciak, then she (Kandi Burress) could make a hit for anybody.

"Kandi Factory" is heart-warming and inspiring because Burruss helps ordinary people achieve a dream. It's something akin to hitting the lotto, not necessarily for the grand prize, but a sizable amount. "Kandi Factory" sends a message to every and anyone out there who wants to sing, but can’t, that autotune is their savior and deliverer.

In the first forty-three minutes of “Kandi Factory,” it seemed highly unlikely that Kandi and her team could recreate their two contestants, Melissa Rose and Matthew Solomon, into anything special. Initially, it appeared “Kandi Factory” was something akin to pure silliness and emotional riff raff.

Matthew Solomon sent Kandi a tape that proved how much he could not sing. Matthew was a dramatic, over the top college kid and performing arts student with a message. He’s mad at his absentee, walkout dad and he’s not going to take it anymore.

Melissa Rose’s tape was easy on the ears. Rose can honestly sing. But Rose submitted an audition tape with a wine glass in her hand. So it was a little hard to tell if she’d submitted a tape with a tad bit of liquid courage. But who knows. Maybe Melissa was drinking grape juice.

Melissa was chosen because of her voice. Matthew was chosen because of his passion. Kandi and her team recognized in Solomon a performer who would do anything to achieve his dream to perform.

Melissa and Matthew were as opposite as night and day. Melissa is a 36-year-old flight attendant and single mom of 3. Matthew is 19. He lives with his mom and a supportive set of older brothers. None of whom think Matthew can sing, but all of whom believe he’s a performer.

Kandi Burress wrote songs for Matthew and Melissa based on their back stories. Matthew’s song gave his dad the middle finger. And Melissa’s song praised women who have held it down on their own without a man.

Matthew and Melissa, like “American Idol” contestants, were sent to their hotel rooms to memorize their songs. And then were handed over to choreographer Victor. Victor looks like a really sweet guy. But he turns into something purely mean and almost evil when irritated to the ninth degree. When Matthew couldn’t remember his lyrics, Victor made him do 100 push ups.

When Melissa couldn’t get her dance moves together, Victor sentenced her to 100 push ups. For the record, neither Melissa nor Matthew did the full 100. The stopped somewhere around 40. But Melissa cried like a baby about the exercises. Actually, she cried worse than a baby. Something like a scolded teen who’d been embarrassed at the mall by her mom and dad in front of her friends. The moment spoke to Melissa's dedication.

But then again, Victor was pretty mean to Melissa. He asked her how much did she make a year and how hard was it to support her children on her salary. And then he asked her if she wanted to go back to that. In confessional, Melissa conceded that singing and celebritydom (and the work required to get it) was far out of her comfort zone.

In the end, after a serious make-over by celebrity stylist Kwame Waters, both Matthew and Melissa were ready to perform their songs on stage in front of an electric audience. Melissa did amazing and Matthew delivered a crazy electric performance. Their performances were evaluated by Kandi and her hit making team.

Matthew was awarded the singing and video contract with the Kandi Factory.

Kandi Factory isn’t like other singing reality shows. The footage takes place in six days. The talent and their video footage is raw. More raw than red meat from a newly killed cow. Even Tyra’s messiest “Top Model” contestants aren’t as raw as Kandi’s contestants. But "Kandi Factory" gives viewers a really good idea how much contestants on other shows like "Top Model" and "American Idol" are prepped and edited during their confessionals before their film is TV ready.

Comments

Submitted by Mee Mee (not verified) on
I love Kandi and would love nothing more than to be given a shot on this show. I know I have what it takes but just want the opportunity for my talents to be showcased. Any info on how I can audition to be on the show?

Submitted by Katia Etienne (not verified) on
Hi Nanci, I admire you cause you so nice and caring.I'm doing this for my daughter her name is Kasandra, she's 18 yrs old and have a beautyfull voice not only me who sees it her friends and familly but she's. Very shine I don't know how to break it from her....can u please help me to get loose and have some confident..We lived in Georgia

Submitted by Katia Etienne (not verified) on
Hi Kandi

Submitted by Linda Fulcher (not verified) on
Hi Kandi I am a singer, I saw your Kandi Factory Show ,and love it. I had tried in the passed to reach you, but couldn't. I am a R&B singer have been trying to sing all my life, and haven't had the chance too,because I was a young mother at an early age,and thought that I should raise my children first and put my career on hold. Now my children I had 3, lost my oldest son and his son to Cancer, a few years ago, just kind of getting over this devastating thing, but you never get over it, so by seeing your show on Sunday I thought I would write you to see if you would help me with mu career. I am a very good singer, I just want you to help just start my career. I look nice and dress nice and I am old enough to be your mother, but look good for my age, I hope you can help me, I like to be on the Kandi Factory Show, I am from Memphis, but live in Lakewood, Ca. Please contact me at 562-429-9657 or email me at (globaltalent@verizon.net). I figure if you can make "KiM Kozacki", a star, you definitely can make me one,I hope I can hear from you, and Thank You.

Submitted by Sabrina Williams (not verified) on
Kandi, I am wrtiing to first applaud you on your recent endeavor. However, I was wondering would you consider assisting those who would like to do a gospel cd. As a co pastor, I would love to see people who love the Lord be given the opportunity to make a CD. I love to sing and gospel is the only thing I would do, if you would consider reaching out to the ordinary church world. Mega churches have the back up to support their members, but I come from a small church with great faith. Our praise team recieve alot of praise and I would love for us to do a CD single. We are just ordinary folks who love the Lord and wish to have ONE moment in time to do something to reach others. Thank you for reaching to the ones who do not have the resource to be out front. and I wish you God speed. Sabrina Williams

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
THIS KID IS OFF THE HOOK PLEASE HELP HIM WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KAREEMTHEGIFTED 1-347-677-9684

Submitted by Crystal Ojeda (not verified) on
so far i have heard so many wonderful things about kandi factory and im wondering if they all are true. What i mean by that is that i have been trying to make my dreams of becomeing a singer come true several times and for years, i've auditioned for local talent shows in my home town and because im in the military i keep missing the auditions for american idol, basicly what im trying to say is Kandi if you would give me a chance to show the world the and my father that i have what it takes to be a super star, my prayers will have been answered. please email me at crystalojeda05@yahoo.com or facebook or text me at 719-237-5229 to let me know if you can help make my dreames come true. Maybe on the next season of kandi factory i could be chosen to be a contestant!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Crystal Ojeda (not verified) on
so far i have heard so many wonderful things about kandi factory and im wondering if they all are true. What i mean by that is that i have been trying to make my dreams of becomeing a singer come true several times and for years, i've auditioned for local talent shows in my home town and because im in the military i keep missing the auditions for american idol, basicly what im trying to say is Kandi if you would give me a chance to show the world the and my father that i have what it takes to be a super star, my prayers will have been answered. please email me at crystalojeda05@yahoo.com or facebook or text me at 719-237-5229 to let me know if you can help make my dreames come true. Maybe on the next season of kandi factory i could be chosen to be a contestant!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Latinsweetkeylana (not verified) on
Hi Kandi, I have emailed you a while ago and haven't gotten a response, I guess you've been really busy wit your the show and the Kandi Factory. Hope all is going well for you. As for you looking for a inspiring artist, I found one for you, and I guarantee you you won't be disappointed, his name is Rafael and he sings R&B, rap, raggae and country music. He also writes his own music and very good looking and he's puerto rican. He's a diamond in a rut. Here's his number 267-808-5687. Hope you check him out. Your Fan, Anna

Submitted by anslim antoine (not verified) on
Kandi i have been looking for this opportunity all my life. All i need is one chance to be heard. I thank you in advance

Submitted by anslim antoine (not verified) on
Kandi i have been looking for this opportunity all my life. All i need is one chance to be heard. I thank you in advance