Chrisette Michele And Leela James Join “R&B Divas LA” – Guess Whose Spots They’re Taking

December 16, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

“R&B Divas LA” is about to get rather interesting as TV One just announced some new divas are joining the crew — and two veterans are on their way out.

Super soul singers Chrisette Michelle and Leela James have just been announced as the cast’s two newest members. D’Angela Proctor, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for TV One, said in a news release:

“The debut season of R&B Divas LA set the tone as a series all about glamour and high-stakes drama. As we gear up to shoot season two, we anticipate that the addition of two lovely and respected solo artists, Chrisette and Leela, will build upon the impassioned, ever-evolving group dynamic that season one viewers embraced.”

In other words, these two are about to bring the drama as, interestingly, the most drama-filled divas are on their way out. TV One has announced that the only returning LA Divas will be Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le and Claudette Ortiz, which means Kelly Price and Dawn Robinson are on their way out. Try to fight back your tears.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Leela and Chrisette fit into the mix. I tend to think of Chrisette as a budding artist still trying to make a name for herself in the biz, as opposed to the rest of the cast members who’ve pretty much already had their moment. And though Leela mostly flies under the radar, she has proven to be a wild child on stage. This season definitely sounds like one to watch.

What do you think about the new cast members and Kelly and Dawn leaving?

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  • JME

    Talent-wise, I think these two ladies are great additions. Not sure why many think Chrisette is above doing this show. She needs the platform. Trust, if she or her team thought otherwise, she would not be doing it. All that being said, I don’t care who’s added to Season 2. I am here for Chante Moore and those flawless vocals.

    • janeyt1

      I think Chrisette is more accomplished in terms of musical success than all of the divas. She has more hits although she hasn’t been out here as long as Chante’ Lil’ Mo, and some of the others, all of her albums have been successful. She’s not a one-hit wonder, flash in the pan, she’s consistent. I’m a big fan of her music, Never met her, but actually know and grew up with her mom’s family in Queens.

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    Will be watching!!!

  • phat504

    Chrisette is not budding… she’s just extremely underrated… if I’m not mistaken she either has a grammy or is grammy nominated… two soul artists could be a welcome edition to the show… I’m interested to see where this could go!

    • k

      Grammy winner 2009. I agree with you.

  • bigdede

    I’m so happy Chrisette and Leela are doing this show. They are such great singers and more people to know who they are. Hopefully this will showcase their singing skill. I think they both have great personalities and will shine. I’m so excited.

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  • Candacey Doris

    Not going to lie, i can’t watch. I like their music too much to want to see their drama. That show could totally ruin their music for me.

  • JRoc85

    I don’t agree with these 2 additions! Chrisette Michelle is a star on the rise, why is she doing R&B Divas LA!!! I don’t really know much about Leela James. What about Blu Cantrell, Sparkle Williams (R. Kelly’s protege), Nicole Wray, Tweet, or Sunshine Anderson???? These additions would have been great!

  • Keema Crayola Farrow

    Why is Chrisette Michelle doing this? no Chrisette, pls don’t …I like her lol

  • sha

    OH no. I like these ladies music and hope they dont get known for everything but that. Something tells me Leela is gonna be a pistol.

  • MyBiz

    I love Chrisette, Jay Z needs to put her in more projects.

  • Baddvixentype

    oh well… I had this idea of who I though Kelly Price & Nicci Gilbert were and them signing up for this reality TV definitely ruined it for me. I cant even say I like them anymore. Just so negative, its quite sad.

  • Meh…

    Too bad Lil Mo isn’t leaving.

  • LordIPrayNot

    Lil’ Mo is going to bring the drama!

  • me

    I’m only a casual fan at best of Chrisette Michelle but I’m really surprised that she’s doing this … Interesting. I’m not big on Leela James though. Not a fan of her voice .Hopefully they can bring some balance because this cast was thoroughly unlikable in every way.

  • Christina

    Nice to hear I hope they keep it classy now we won’t have to worry about kelly pulling out razors.and vaseline on people. And Dawn twitching and shaking like she’s about two seconds away from a nervous breakdown

  • Dani

    I hope Chrisette Michelle and Leela James don’t acted a fool. I enjoy both of their music too much to handle them acting a donkey lol

    • SHA